Mike McGlynn # OT
Height: 6-4 Weight: 325 Age: 29
Born: 3/8/1985 Austintown , OH
Experience: 7th season
High School: Fitch HS [Austintown, OH]
Selected By: Philadelphia Eagles
Pick (Overall): 10 (109)
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 Rivals.com 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.