Drew Boylhart February 2008
Mike McGlynn   OG   Pittsburgh
 
STRENGTHS
Mike is one of the best offensive linemen in this draft.  He can play any one of the offensive line positions and play them all well.  He shows excellent techniques when blocking for both the running and passing game.   Mike is a leader and makes the players around him better.  He is a smart player and could be an excellent center for the team that needs one.  He does a good job when he is used to pull or trap.   Mike understands situational football and the day after you draft Mike, you could put him on the field and he will play like a five year veteran.  Mike reminds me a lot of Logan (Instant) Mankins (OL New England Patriots).
 
NEEDS TO IMPROVE
Mike lacks some foot speed, but when you have a player who is ready to jump into your offensive line without missing a beat as a rookie, you just need to COACH BETTER!
 
TALENT BOARD ROUND 1
If you want a left tackle and you draft Mike, he will do the job; however, I think his impact position would be as a center.  His ability to quick slide and help out a guard along with his strength, quickness out of his stance and the ability to defeat a bull rush makes him potentially the best pure center in this draft.  One that could play against any defensive system.  For Dave Weinstadt to suggest that Jeff Otah is the best offensive lineman he has ever coached and not include Mike in that statement is an insult to Mike and shows you Dave Weinstadt’s true character and abilities to coach.  Mike could play RT or any one of the guard positions, but when I see leadership qualities like Mike’s, I want that at my center position.  Mike will be a Pro Bowl lineman and might be the type of player that makes the Pro Bowl at more than one position.  He has that type of ability.  He just knows how to play football.  It is in his blood and I suspect that before this draft even gets started, he will move quickly up the boards.  All some team has to do is go back to the tape and review all the years this kid played on the offensive line.  Mike is my definition of a sleeper:  a player hiding right in plain sight who plays in a big program, but no one seems to notice because they are always trying to look at someone else.  I’m calling him Mike (Sleeper) McGlynn because he is the definition of a sleeper draft pick.