2018 NFL Draft: New York Giants 7-round mock draft 1.0
By Henry Buggy
First-Round – Notre Dame OT Mike McGlinchey
Gettleman and the Giants focus on the rebuild of Big Blue’s offensive line before finding their next franchise quarterback.
The G-Men select Notre Dame’s 6-foot-8, 315-pound left tackle with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper lists Notre Dame’s All-American the top offensive tackle prospect in this year’s class.
McGlinchey, Texas offensive tackle Connor Williams, and Oklahoma offensive tackle Orlando Brown are considered the top three offensive tackle prospects by most draft analysts. But McGlinchey is likely the safest choice with the lowest floor of the three offensive tackles.
While some would argue Williams and Brown have more upside, the Giants can not afford to take another gamble similar to Flowers. McGlinchey was Pro Football Focus’ top graded offensive tackle during the 2017 season.
Selecting McGlinchey in the first-round would allow New York’s coaching staff the ability to move Flowers to the right tackle position. The Giants have a decision to make on Flowers’ fifth-year option this offseason and need to start putting a plan in place for both their right and left tackle positions.