Left tackle Mike McGlinchey owned the moment, even apologized to quarterback Brandon Wimbush for the blindside thud that effectively ended Notre Dame’s comeback hopes last Saturday against Georgia.
NFL scouts will be watching closely, moving forward, as to whether Georgia outside linebacker Davin Bellamy’s ball-jarring sack at McGlinchey’s expense late in the 20-19 Irish loss is an isolated hiccup or part of a pattern for a player still on a first-round NFL Draft trajectory.
“When you’re Mike McGlinchey, other prospects are trying to make a name for themselves against you,” said draft analyst Scott Wright of draftcounttown.com. “I think both of those Georgia pass rushers (Bellamy and Lorenzo Carter) did that this past weekend.
“They understood that this was their time in the spotlight, going up against a highly rated player. And he’s going to face that every single week.”
Saturday at Chestnut Hill, Mass., it’s welcome to Harold Landry’s world.
The 6-foot-3, 250-pound defensive end already has a name and is the 2016 FBS statistical leader in sacks with 16.5.
From a pro scouting standpoint, he’s by far the best draft-eligible defensive player Notre Dame will face this season and the highest-rated on either side of the ball, save USC redshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold, the consensus No. 1 prospect overall.
Wright hasn’t finalized his early 2018 rankings yet, but ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. has Landry the No. 7 prospect regardless of position in the 2018 draft. Fellow ESPN analyst Todd McShay, who will…
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