Malik McDowell
Projection
Round 1-2
Grade
A
6.70
Eventual Starter

Malik McDowell

Defensive Tackle
Michigan State
  • Year: Junior
  • Height: 6-6
  • Weight: 295
  • 40-Yard: 4.85
  • Arm: N/A
  • Hand: N/A

Strong Points

Very good physical traits with his height, length, speed and overall athletic ability. Flashes the ability to dominate in both the run and pass game. Can really close to the QB off a block. Shows speed and takes good angles in pursuit. Has a high ceiling as far as natural talent.

Weak Points

Needs to add some bulk and strength to play inside at the next level. Inconsistent production both from down to down and play to play. Sack production isn't what it should be. Can be slow to locate the ball in the run game. Needs to improve overall hand use.

The Way We See It

McDowell is an enigma in that it can be frustrating when trying to evaluate him. He has the natural traits to totally dominate a game but only shows it in spurts. Had only 1.5 sacks and 34 total tackles in 2016. For his career, he has only 7.5 sacks. He is still young and will be only a 21-year-old rookie. He must mature both emotionally and physically. Has unlimited talent and can be as good as he wants to be. While his production says he should go in the second round, his talent will most likely get him drafted in the first. If he gets with the right team and the right coach, look out.