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By: Ana Kieu
The 2018 NFL Draft was held in the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, which made the annual event the first ever in franchise history to be held in an NFL stadium and in the state of Texas.
So this year’s draft was held in the home stadium of the Dallas Cowboys, also known as America’s Team, and the red carpet was rolled out for the top prospects in the nation.
John Lynch and the San Francisco 49ers entered the draft with a total of nine selections, but let’s just focus on Round 1 Thursday night. The 49ers selected offensive lineman Mike McGlinchey, who stands at 6-foot-8 and weighs 309 lbs, with the ninth overall pick. McGlinchey’s stock has risen over the last 48 hours after he emerged as the consensus top tackle in this year’s draft class. McGlinchey played college football at Notre Dame.
With this pick, the 49ers have now acquired the obvious heir to offensive tackle Joe Staley. Staley is reportedly more eager than ever in Year 12. Not only that, Staley was named to the Pro Bowl six times in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017. That being said, San Francisco completed a flawless touchdown when they drafted Staley with the 28th overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft after they traded their first round with the New England Patriots.
After that, the 49ers were certainly ready to make Jet McKinnon and company, which includes McGlinchey.
NFL Network draft analyst and former New York Giants safety Mike Mayock commented on McGlinchey, saying, “He is a pile driver in the run game.”