By Luke Straub
NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock says the best offensive tackle available in this weekend’s NFL draft won’t get past the Raiders, who pick at No. 10 overall in the 2018 NFL draft Thursday.
Mayock released his lone mock draft of the season where he selected former Notre Dame offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey for the Raiders. McGlinchey is 6-foot-8 and 309 pounds, and he’s the first cousin of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, according to NFL analyst Lance Zierlein. McGlinchey started at left, and right tackle for the Fighting Irish and that versatility would come in handy for Oakland this season.
Raiders starting left tackle Donald Penn is 35 years old and last year’s starting right tackle, Marshall Newhouse, was released by the team. There is no sure replacement waiting in the wings at either position for Oakland although the team did pick up 11-year veteran OT Breno Giacomini.
Selecting an offensive tackle would contradict the Raiders No. 1 need, which is at the first and second level of their interior defense. However, the necessity for a new offensive tackle isn’t far behind that need.
Mayock claims that McGlinchey will start Week 1 for his new team. If that’s the case, selecting the senior lineman would be a solid move that could benefit the Raiders for years, even for the 10 years coach Jon Gruden has on his...