Blue and Gold Illustrated

June-July 2016

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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BY ANDREW OWENS N otre Dame finished tied for fourth among college programs by produc- ing seven NFL Draft picks this year, and next year's output could be just as im- pressive. While the Irish are unlikely to have a player go in the top 10 again like offen- sive tackle Ronnie Stanley did — mark- ing the first such player for Notre Dame since 1994 — the potential is there for a deep draft class. Here's an early look at members of the 2016 team who could hear their names called at the NFL Draft next spring: MIKE MCGLINCHEY, OT Notre Dame has had a first-round pick protecting its quarterbacks at left tackle in each of the last six seasons, and the senior might be the next to extend that streak. McGlinchey became a full-time starter in 2015 at right tackle and proved to be a worthy addition to the Irish starting lineup. Now, he's moving to left tackle to handle the opponents' premier pass rushers. "He's a really intriguing guy," Scott Wright of Draft- said. "Obviously an extremely im- pressive frame. Exactly the type of length you look for at that position. It will be a good test for him to see how he handles left tackle. You think of Texas A&M and [first-round pick] Germain Ifedi, it was just UNDER THE DOME WHO'S NEXT? These Notre Dame players could be next in line for NFL riches Mike McGlinchey (No. 68) could follow Zack Martin and Ronnie Stanley as Irish left tackles taken in the first round. PHOTO BY JOE RAYMOND

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