Quenton Nelson and Mike McGlinchey learned their NFL fates rather early in the 2018 NFL Draft. Nelson was the first off the board as he was taken sixth overall by the Colts, while McGlinchey went three picks later and landed with the 49ers.
Seeing offensive linemen go in the top ten has become a growing trend in recent years – it’s happened five times in the past six years with varied success. It’s not as common to see it with a pair of offensive linemen from the same college program; in fact, this is the seventh time in 36 years.
Notre Dame became 7th school w/ 2 OL drafted in top 10 in same draft since 1982:
2018 ND: Nelson, McGlinchey
2013 ALA: Warmack, Fluker
2001 MICH: Hutchinson, Backus
1996 PSU: Hartings, A.Johnson
1991 TEN: McRae, A.Davis
1983 USC: B.Matthews, Mosebar
1982 PSU: Munchak , Farrell
— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) April 27, 2018
However, you’d have to go back much further to find the last time when two Notre Dame offensive linemen came off the board in the first round. How far back? Try 1967, when Paul Seiler and Tom Regner went twelfth and 23rd, respectively.
It remains to be seen how Nelson and McGlinchey will pan out on the next level up against NFL talent every Sunday. But they each made their mark at Notre Dame and now get a chance to do the same on the biggest stage.