G Quenton Nelson Named Nation's Top OL, OT Mike McGlinchey No. 5

July 16, 2017 Bryan Driskell, Football Analyst

Bill Panzica

Veteran offensive linemen Quenton Nelson and Mike McGlinchey continue to get recognized as two of the nation's top linemen heading into the 2017 season.

The latest recognition came from Lance Zierlein, a draft analyst for NFL.com. Zierlein ranked Nelson, a senior left guard, as the best offensive lineman in the country. He ranked McGlinchey, a fifth-year senior left tackle, as the No. 5 player in the land.

Ziellijn is grading players based on his projection to the NFL next season, with an eye towards the 2018 NFL Draft.

Zierlein had this to say about Nelson:

"Nelson possesses a thick, burly frame, intimidating power and a burning desire to bury the man across from him. He has great size and exceptional potential as a run blocker. He's able to unlock his hips into contact and uproot defenders, creating massive running lanes. Nelson has been well-schooled by Notre Dame offensive line coach Harry Hiestand.

The way he works with left tackle Mike McGlinchey on combo blocks and double teams is a sight to behold. There are times he will get out of position as a pass protector and he has had some injury issues in the past. However, his size, power, play demeanor and ability to dominate in the running game make him my top offensive lineman to watch heading into the season."

About McGlinchey, Zierlein wrote the following:

"McGlinchey decided against entering the draft after last season, which was the right decision, in my opinion. McGlinchey needed additional weight-room work to prepare for the speed-to-power rushers he will see in the pros. As a prospect, he has the desired combination of size, length and athletic ability.

He combines with Quenton Nelson to form one of the most lethal run-blocking tandems in college football. Unlike other tackles who need to work on core strength or anchor, McGlinchey isn't a leaner. He operates with a flat back and strong fundamentals in pass protection. He's a safe, steady tackle."

Nelson was the only guard on the list. Ohio State's Billy Price made the list as the only center. The other eight players on Zierlein's Top 10 were tackles, with McGlinchey being ranked as the No. 4 tackle heading into the 2017 season.

To read the complete list go HERE.


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