Sunday, April 27, 2008

Eagles take Pitt OT Mike McGlynn with 109th pick

Height: 6'5"
Weight: 318
College: Pittsburgh
Conference: Big East
Hometown: Austintown, OH
High School: Austintown Fitch
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Offensive linemen usually spend their careers in relative anonymity, but NFL scouts' eyes were fixed on Pittsburgh's twin tackles during the 2007 season.

One of the most versatile blockers in the collegiate ranks, the talented right tackle has the nimble feet and slide to play left tackle, the short-area quickness and angle-blocking skill to lead on traps and sweeps as an offensive guard and the deep-snapping skills and hand quickness to possibly shift to center at the pro level.

McGlynn, a vocal leader of the Pitt front wall, shows great passion and desire on his 2006 film. His own coaches did not realize that he played a good portion of the season with a right hand injury and a torn labrum in his left shoulder that required surgery after the season. The shoulder surgery would force him to sit out 2007 spring drills. Still, he refused to come off the field, extending his string of starts to 31 straight games while appearing in 35 contests to date for Pittsburgh.

McGlynn lettered three times in football as a defensive end and offensive tackle at Austin-town Fitch High School. The All-Steel Valley selection was also a Super Prep All-Midwest and Prep Star All-Region choice. He was rated one of the state of Ohio's top 40 prep players by and was selected to play in the Big 33 Football Classic. He was limited to four games as a senior due to a right fibula fracture. He also lettered twice in baseball, adding All-Steel Valley accolades.

McGlynn enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh in 2003, spending the season performing on the scout team as an offensive tackle. He was the recipient of the 2004 Ed Conway Award, given to the team's Most Improved Player, as he played in all 12 games. His stellar play in reserve early in the season saw the coaching staff insert him into the starting lineup at right offensive tackle ahead of senior Dale Williams for the final eight games of the 2004 season. He also served as the Panthers' snapper on placement kicks.

The 2005 season was a virtual repeat of '04, as McGlynn again was chosen for the Ed Conway Award, continuing to show vast improvement blocking from his right tackle position. That year, he graded 82.9% for blocking consistency with 69 key blocks, including nine that resulted in touchdowns. He also continued performing as the team's long snapper for field goals and extra points.

As a junior, McGlynn's performance level continued to improve. Despite injuries that limited him the second half of the year, he graded 84.3% for blocking consistency, provided key blocks on 16 scoring drives and delivered 86 knockdowns. He did not allow any quarterback pressures for the season and gave up sacks in only one game.

In 2007, McGlynn shifted to right offensive guard for the first three games, but his replacement at right tackle struggled and the coaches moved him back to his original position after the Michigan State game. He saw limited action in the season opener vs. Eastern Michigan while still recovering from his '06 shoulder injury, but finished the season with 100 knockdowns/key blocks, including 17 resulting in touchdowns while making 13 more blocks downfield.

Career Notes

Started 31 consecutive games at right offensive tackle before shifting to right guard as a senior...Appeared in 47 contests during his time with the Panthers, posting 319 key blocks/knockdowns with 49 of those blocks resulting in touchdowns...Had 42 blocks downfield while participating in 2,782 snaps...Graded 90% or better for blocking consistency in four consecutive games in 2007 (vs. Navy, Cincinnati, Louisville and Syracuse), becoming the first Panthers offensive lineman to receive 90% grades in four or more games in the same season since Mark May captured the Outland Trophy in 1980 (vs. Temple, Maryland, West Virginia and Tennessee)...The only other Pittsburgh lineman to grade 90% or better in three games during the same season was Bill Fralic in 1983 (vs. Florida State, Louisville and Army).

High School

Attended Fitch (Austintown, Ohio) High School, lettering three times as an offensive tackle and defensive end for head coach Carl Pelini...Missed all but four games of his senior year with a right fibula fracture...All-Steel Valley selection, adding Super Prep All-Midwest and Prep Star All-Region honors...Rated one of the state of Ohio's top 40 prep players by to play in the Big 33 Football Classic...Also lettered twice in baseball, adding All-Steel Valley accolades.

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