49ers canceled workout with Mike McGlinchey to keep their interest quiet

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The 49ers knew early in the draft process that they liked offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey, whom they chose with the ninth overall pick. But they didn’t want any other team to know, because they feared someone might trade ahead of them.

So the 49ers were very quiet about their interest in McGlinchey, including canceling what had been a scheduled workout with him in an effort not to make it appear to other teams that they were considering him at No. 9. General Manager John Lynch said the 49ers knew they liked McGlinchey from studying his film and didn’t think a workout or personal visit was going to change that evaluation.

“He wasn’t going to change much by bringing him in, so that was a guy we decided, ‘Hey, let’s lay under the radar,'” Lynch said, via ESPN. “We did that for good reason. And then I would tell you, from the combine, you know, closer to the draft, our feelings for him only got stronger, so we’re glad that we chose to not bring him in. So we just didn’t want anything out there that he was the guy we were interested in.”

Among the people who didn’t know the 49ers were interested in McGlinchey was McGlinchey.

“I had no idea,” McGlinchey said. “It’s definitely a shock, but [I’m] absolutely thrilled to be a part of the San Francisco 49ers organization.”

The 49ers are thrilled, too, and they can finally say so publicly.

35 responses to “49ers canceled workout with Mike McGlinchey to keep their interest quiet

  1. What a bunch of geniuses.This has never been done before… Lynch talks to hear himself think.

  2. Wait a minute. There were probably 50 other players Lynch didn’t bring in for a visit…so how would any team know who they liked or didn’t like?

  3. About the only way they could have lost McGlinchey is if the Raiders traded up and grabbed him if they knew the Niners were interested, because Vegas picked mostly OL and DL the first 2 days. The Raiders also traded down after the Niners picked McGlinchey.

  4. #9 for a RT? My son is a 9ers fan and thinks that pick was crazy. A top 10 pick on a RT. He played some LT last season, but he is not a LT prospect. At least one fan gives Lynch a D- in he draft.

  5. The Raiders were 100% going to pick him at 10

    So to say he was a fringe first rounder or that no one around that pick was interested in him is not factual

  6. andreboy1 says:

    The Raiders were 100% going to pick him at 10

    So to say he was a fringe first rounder or that no one around that pick was interested in him is not factual.
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    so does that mean he is a great player just because the Raiders wanted him?, were talking the Raiders people not some great, smart team.

  7. Maybe they should send out a story saying that a team tried to trade for him righr after he was picked so it wouldn’t seem like a reach

  8. collectordude says:

    Have to protect the franchise QB.
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    oh ya, 7 whole starts makes you a franchise QB, i think you have to prove a lot more than starting 7 games to be considered a franchise QB, he is being paid like a franchise QB but he hasn’t proved squat yet.

  9. Oh yeah, and nobody is saying McGlinchey is necessarily gonna be great or not…just that there were other possible suitors who could have traded up…had Buff and AZ and NYJ not been chasing QBs and made the price prohibitive to do so for a LT who wasn’t even graded as highly as his teammate at OG, that is.

  10. Many mock drafts had them picking either CB Denzel Ward or LB Roguan Smith but both were taken before it was their turn. The next few picks that other teams made after this guy was picked made little sense to the 49ers. They would not have taken Minkah Fitzpatric or Josh Rosen for example. They could have taken Marcus Davenport but they didn’t.

  11. Their biggest need going into the draft was an edge rusher (LEO), and they DIDN’T get one. I’m OK with this pick, as Staley is signed for another 2 years (and is 34), so McGlinchey is the likely replacement there (and left tackles don’t grow on trees). Good long term vision at the tackle position. But until they got an EDGE, any pick from the 2nd round on that was not an EDGE was a poor pick.

  12. Woo hoo Santa Clara won the count flip over the RAIDERS and got the guy the RAIDERS wanted. They won the the off-season in the bay. Can’t wait to McGlinchey against that Rams D twice a year.

  13. Doesn’t matter one iota where in the draft he was picked. All that will matter is how he plays, and we don’t know that yet. All the GMs admit that the draft is a complete lottery, because you really don’t know what you’ve got until the player suits up and gets out there in the pros. Lynch has no pretensions about being a great GM, he has no idea himself how his current career choice will pan out. Nor do any of us, particularly armchair fans of divisional rivals. 🙂

  14. Raiders needed a RT and would have picked him. The end of the day if these tackles are day 1 starters that are serviceable the 9ers and Raiders win.

  15. A lot of people saying that he’s a “fringe” first rounder, wouldn’t have gone so high anyway, etc.

    Have you not noticed that your personal “draft grades” are meaningless? Or that all of the “draft experts” like kiper, mcshay were pretty much dead wrong this year?

    It’s not easy to find a good blindside tackle out there and when you see one you like, you better go for it.

  16. Some people need to understand supply and demand. The best tackle in the draft will always be a definite first-rounder (unless there are freakish circumstances that create a draft with only awful tackles.) The 49ers didn’t want to give their right tackle a new contract, so they took the best tackle in the draft, who is, by most accounts solid if not elite at this point. They knew the Raiders wanted McGlinchey, and presumably others did too, so they took him – just what is the debate here? The 49ers are projected to have a better record in 2018, so their chances of getting a top tackle next year will go down considerably. Another thing, the distinction between left and right tackles is much smaller than it used to be.

  17. I meant to say with McGlinchey and Nelson. The above post sounds like I think it is because of McGlinchey and Nelson. You’d think ND would have been better with that much talent on the O line.

  18. golions1 says:
    May 2, 2018 at 10:26 pm
    Why wasn’t Notre Dame better? McGlinchey and Nelson.

    Kizer. Wimbush. Book. That’s what he blocked for and they were all bad.

  19. When will people understand the smokescreens before and after the draft? He was NOT the 49ers guy they wanted. They wanted LB Roquan Smith and CB Denzel Ward both were gone. Obviously hes going to cone out and say this was his guy the while time. Every team does it. This is not news but i do think Lynch looks a little foolish for saying this

  20. So funny watching the mental gymnastics the fake niner fans go through to justify a reach. They’re the same geniuses trolling every Seattle article on Penny blasting Seahawks fans because the SEC loving mock draft experts didn’t like their precious Georgia running backs being passed on. Losers.

  21. Man, I wish the Niners had lost the coin flip with the raiders. This guy would be a raider and we would have James, which from what I hear was the other guy they wanted. smh.

  22. “kamthechancellor says:

    May 3, 2018 at 11:19 am

    So funny watching the mental gymnastics the fake niner fans go through to justify a reach. They’re the same geniuses trolling every Seattle article on Penny blasting Seahawks fans because the SEC loving mock draft experts didn’t like their precious Georgia running backs being passed on. Losers.”

    Dumb Seachicken fan. Penny was a reach. Other RBS were ranked higher and the vastly overrated John Schneider has such a stellar track record drafting running backs lately

  23. No kidding, Seahawks fans can’t say anything about that pick. Penny is a good runner, but not behind that wet paper bag Oline you have. Which you’ve had for 3 years now. Russell’s all you guys got. You probably should’ve taken McGlinchey. Stay salty

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