The Ravens could use some more talent on their offensive line. They really missed Rick Wagner last season after he left to go to the Detroit Lions. The team utilized Austin Howard as a replacement, but he didn’t fare too well in that role. He is now a free agent, and the Ravens don’t have a logical replacement for him on the roster.
Luckily for the Ravens, Mike McGlinchey is one of the best players available. McGlinchey is a 6-foot-8 tackle with excellent length and solid blocking ability. He played well at Notre Dame and worked well alongside Quenton Nelson to make the left side of the Fighting Irish’s line elite.
The Ravens have previously had success drafting a first round left tackle out of Notre Dame. The team tapped Ronnie Stanley as their first round pick in 2016, and he has done well as a starter for them. Their familiarity with the Notre Dame program could do a lot to make McGlinchey the best option here, and he would provide Joe Flacco with some better protection.
It’s also worth noting that 2018 will be a key year for Flacco. The Ravens have made some moves to upgrade their offensive weaponry and if they invest in the line and running game, it could be Flacco’s last chance to prove that he can still be an NFL starter. I expect that the Ravens will give Flacco the chance to improve with a strong, offensive supporting cast, and McGlinchey would be the best way to do it in Round 1.