49ers: Like it or Not, Mike McGlinchey’s Nastiness was a Necessity to have

The San Francisco 49ers drafted offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey from Notre Dame with the ninth overall pick. 


With the drafting of McGlinchey, right tackle Trent Brown was to become expendable, which turned out to be true. Brown was traded on Friday to the New England Patriots, as both teams traded for fair draft compensation. The 49ers move up 48 spots by adding another third-round pick to their draft capital arsenal, thanks to the Patriots. 

Looking at McGlinchey’s scouting report

What you like: he has four years under his belt (two years at each right and left tackle), he’s a technician at his craft, he’s athletic, comes from a pro-style offense, he’s good in the pass blocking and running game, he’s smart with a high football I.Q., he’s nasty, and he’s versatile (although his best position will come at right tackle).

Areas that need improvement: he sometimes struggles with speed rushers and may not have the consistent bend and leverage that you would like to see at his size (6′ 8)’ in the running game (according to Matt Miller from Bleacher report).

Bottom line: 

The 49ers weren’t happy with Brown’s conditioning and work ethic, and didn’t see him being an ideal scheme fit. Brown, when he’s on his game, is an elite pass blocker (see Denver Bronco’s edge rusher Von Miller); however, he lacks the nastiness and the aggressive demeanor and disposition needed as a run blocker, or as an offensive lineman overall.

With the additions that the Los Angeles Rams have made (in particular up front with defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh) and already having the reigning Defensive Player of the Year in Aaron Donald, something had to be done to match or counter the Rams, while protecting franchise quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in the process.

The NFC West is a rough and rugged division and the Rams have the right kind of players up front and on their entire defense, possessing that same “dawg” mentality. Which is why 49ers’ General Manager John Lynch liked what McGlinchey brought to the table: “He’s real. He’s authentic and he’s a badass” –Lynch

This was also about long-term salary cap flexibility, because you have McGlinchey on a rookie deal for the next five years, with a fifth-year option; this, as supposed to paying Brown market value for a starting tackle at $10 plus million annually. The 49ers get back a third-round pick for an original seventh-round pick.

Overall, I rate the move a B+ considering the compensation in return. Now the 49ers must still address pass-rusher, corner, and WR on day two. To be continued. 

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