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49ers select Notre Dame tackle Mike McGlinchey with No. 9 pick

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The 49ers need to protect their investment in Jimmy Garoppolo.

The San Francisco 49ers went offensive line, but it’s not with a player you may expect. The 49ers selected Mike McGlinchey with the ninth overall pick.

McGlinchey provides some tackle depth at worst and is the heir apparent to Joe Staley at best. For 2018, the 49ers may kick him into the guard position to give him some starting experience with capability to fill in at offensive tackle if need be, but his size could make that difficult. He’s arguably the best tackle in this year’s draft and a big kid at that standing 6’8 and weighing 304 pounds. He’s experienced in zone schemes and can fit right into Kyle Shanahan’s offense on day one. The question will be what the future holds for him and current 49ers right tackle Trent Brown. McGlinchey is considered better on the right side, so if that’s his future position, where does Brown go after 2018?

One thing’s for certain, the 49ers gave up far too many sacks/hits in 2017. With the money invested in Jimmy Garoppolo they need buy him some time in the pocket and allow him to make those throws—without getting pancaked shortly thereafter. This pick should help with that.


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49ers draft picks

First round: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
Second round: New Orleans Saints (2017 draft trade) - No. 27 (59 overall)
Third round: Chicago Bears (2017 draft trade) - No. 6 (70 overall)
Third round: Own - No. 10 (74 overall)
Fourth round: Pittsburgh Steelers (Vance McDonald trade) - No. 28 (128 overall)
Fifth round: New York Jets (Rashard Robinson trade) No. 6 (143 overall)
Sixth round: Own - No. 10 (184 overall)
Seventh round: Miami Dolphins (Daniel Kilgore trade) No. 5 (223 overall)
Seventh round: Kansas City Chiefs (Kenneth Acker trade) No. 22 (240 overall)


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