No. 3: Mike McGlinchey Becoming an Offensive Line Anchor
Fred Warner was a solid pickup, for sure. But the 49ers’ first selection in the 2018 NFL Draft, Notre Dame offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey, raised a few eyebrows when it was announced. But then San Francisco moved right tackle Trent Brown to the New England Patriots, all but cementing McGlinchey as a plug-and-play starter.
Just as impressive as Matt Breida making his mark, McGlinchey has been another prime reason behind the Niners’ rushing attack.
Case in point, Pro Football Focus ranks McGlinchey the No. 5 pass-blocking tackle through Week 14. Not the fifth-best rookie, the fifth-best pro.
There’s this to consider too:
With left tackle Joe Staley getting close to the end of his outstanding career, the Niners should take comfort knowing they have a bookend right tackle to anchor the offensive line for a long time.
Besides, Staley is still playing at a high level despite being 34 years old. So no one should expect any serious regression from the O-line anytime soon, sparking even more hope for 2019.