Malik McDowell- DL Mich ST

6-6.3", 299, (O) 4.85, S-1.72, 

34 3/4"Arms, 23 Reps, 4.53 SS

9'4"Br, 28.5"Vert, 7.69 3-C, 

When He Wants To. 

By TOM

When he plays all out, he gets subbed out a lot to keep him fresh. Slashes inside and through the OC to flush the QB as quick as anyone. He can hold the point when he doesn't win off the initial burst, and then turn inside and grab the RB trying to cutback behind him. Great burst up field when he is lined up at D-end. He can slap down the OLT's hands and not slow down as he rips past him into the QB. 

Inconsistent effort. He shut it down when Michigan St wasn't winning last season. What is going to do when he starts making millions? Under sized to play inside in NFL, though he did show up at his Proday at 299-pounds. Which would let him play 3-Tech. He might have to be a 5-Tech in the NFL. But the further you move him away from the Center, the worse he looks. Lacks eyes and instinct to find the ball.

CAREER NOTES: Three-year letterwinner chose to forgo his senior season to enter the 2017 NFL Draft . . . collected 90 tackles, including 24.5 for losses and 7.5 sacks, in 36 career games (23 starts) . . . a versatile athlete, can start any position on the defensive line.

Unbelievable inside outside rusher. When he stunts inside, the OC and OG both grab him. When they use a 3-man rush, he gets pressure by himself. Nice shoulder club move to get the corner and turn to the QB. He is just so explosive on obvious passing downs, That is when he shows what a freak he is. He is amazingly explosive inside on run downs, and is explosive upfield on passing downs when he wants to be.

He gets up field so fast. He can put the OLG on skates until he falls down. Wow. He can stand up at the snap, and slide laterally so fast on twist that three O-linemen will miss him, and then burst into the backfield and take down the RB. I have never seen a lateral move like that before. not a smart player. He just burst upfield without his eyes or objective. Odd lack of protection for a DL who get into the backfield as much as he does.

2016 SEASON (JUNIOR): Named second-team All-American by CBS Sports and SI.com . . . selected first-team All-Big Ten by The Associated Press and Phil Steele . . . second-team All-Big Ten choice by the coaches and media . . . led the Spartan defensive line with 34 tackles, including a team-best seven for losses (31 yards), in nine games . . . started in eight games (five at nose tackle; three at defensive end) before missing the final three games of the season with an injury (Rutgers, Ohio State, Penn State) . . . started the first four games of season at nose tackle before missing first half of BYU game due to suspension for the first half following a targeting penalty at Indiana . . . after making first four starts of season at defensive tackle, started Northwestern, Maryland and Michigan games at defensive end before switching back to defensive tackle at Illinois.

He is the most explosive inside player in this Draft when he wants to be. He opens holes for team-mates. When he lines up at 5-Tech and burst inside on the rush. OLT and OLG are both forced to grab him, which opens up a lane or two outside and/or inside of him. He doesn't seem to have that knack for hitting the QB.

He will get doubled by the OC and OLG a lot. When he gets stuck he does a nice job fight to the other side of the OC, so the OLG can't block him. Then shed him and charging the QB. He has that knack for bursting to the QB. This guy is a top ten talent physically. And he is still growing into his body and getting bigger and stronger. 

Nice power bulling the double team from the ORG and OC back. Doesn't seem to have the size of an NFL DT, but he certainly plays with the power and strength of an NFL 5-Tech or DT. He just can't be 276-pounds and play that strong? 3-4 Teams are going to drool over this kid, who can stop the run outside, and then step inside on 3rd downs and rush on either side of the OC. 

He can absorb a chop block, maintain his balance, and then get out in front of the RB on the other side of the LOS on an off tackle run. Amazing balance and ability to recover. Great power moving the OLG back, with his hands and feet constantly moving, jabbing, and shoving. Nice recovery on Screens. He can extend his inside arm into the pad of the ORG. When the ORG grabs him arms and throws him past him, he can use his great instincts, vision, and ability to recover to then turn outside and hit the RB on a screen.

McDowell is an ultra talented DL, who needs to find a home and some toughness. He looked to me like he didn't give a crap last season so much that I started to not giving a crap. But he is a freak. If he wants too? He can be great. But what happens when he becomes a millionaire. He is a 'not me' player. You can take a chance on him, but not me. 

2016 Game By Game: He made third start in a row at defensive end vs. No. 2 Michigan and tied his season high with two tackles for loss (3 yards) . . . logged five tackles at Maryland, including an impressive one-arm sack for loss of 9 yards . . . in his first career start at defensive end, posted career-high 11 tackles vs. Northwestern with season-best 2.0 TFLs and 0.5 sacks, leading the defensive linemen with 17 production points . . . logged three tackles in second half vs. BYU (suspended for first half due to targeting at Indiana) . . . posted five stops at Indiana, including half a tackle for loss . . . named Spartan Defensive Attack Force Player of the Week for his outing at No. 18 Notre Dame, logging four tackles including half a tackle for loss; posted 12 total production points as top defensive lineman for second straight game . . . started Furman game at nose tackle, logging three tackles, including one for loss and tallied one QB hurry . . . earned Spartan Defensive Player of the Week award and also posted 16 production points to top defensive linemen and tie for second on defense.

DEFENSE G SOLO ASST. TOTAL SACKS/YDS TFL/YARDS FF FR P DEF INT/YDS
2014 13 10 5 15 1.5 / 15 4.5 / 21 -- -- -- --
2015 14 21 20 41 4.5 / 38 13 / 54 2 -- -- 1 / 13
2016 9 20 14 34 1.5 / 13 7 / 31 -- -- -- --
TOTAL 36 51 39 90 7.5 / 66 24.5 / 106 2 -- -- 1 / 1

McDowell Vs BYU:

Really the only reason I think he has a shot to go in the 2nd is because I really liked him last season as an inside rusher. I think he is a 5-Tech/Inside-Rusher. He curved outside to grab the ORG, and then tried to break back into the Gap he lined up in (:01). It might be the angle but it looks like he was shading the OC. That's where I like him on 3rd and long (:09). When he wants too he can really move laterally down the line. He burst outside the ORG like a rabbit. In fact, he over-bursted a little (if that is indeed English). But then the swivel as the OLG tried to take him down, and he shed him and turned into the RB. When he wanted to he can look like he can do anything he wants on the field. 

Watch the hands and feet working together in balance. He is such a great athlete. If the OLG hadn't shoved him from behind I think he would have sacked the QB (:17). Watch the hand slap the OL's hands off his shirt as he ole'ed himself past him (definitely not English :25). He is all burst and bluster (:31). He exploded past the double team and almost turned the short corner into the QB, but he panicked him out of the pocket anyway.

He got hammered backwards by the OC, but watch the recovery. He shed him, and then he burst right at the QB (:40). He read. He shed. He tackled. He can be so impressive sometimes (:56). Such a nice play. He read the cut back. Got cracked by the FB, and made the play (1:14). He showed good power, but couldn't chop the OL's arm off his neck (1:23). It wasn't pretty, but he got the pressure that panicked the QB (1:42). Watch the double swim, and the lateral explosion (1:50). He moves so well on the line with blockers on him. It is amazing sometimes.

Short yardage, and he is shading the OC. He got inside the OLG, and rode him back three yards in front of the RB (2:14). They doubled him last time, he made the play this time bursting between them this time (2:30). Watch the nice outside burst. Then the shoulder club to get his outside shoulder. Watch the agility as he leaped over the trash (2:39). Then he took off and almost chased him down. He is such a great athlete.

He got beat up there (3:14). He can be so explosive up field, and then gets a little worn out and disappears (3:27). He hopped himself out of the play, but watch the heavy hands as he tried to fight back into the play (3:58). He made the play too late again (4:05). He is just too up and down for me, but when he is on there is no one in this Draft who can move like he can with a blocker of two in his shirt. 

This tape was a great example of all that is Malik McDowell. He is a DL that is an elite athlete, with elite skills, and is as physically impressive as it gets. You could see him burst all over the line that whole game. But, and there is always a but with him, he didn't hit the QB. With all that unmatched explosion inside he only garnered 1.5 sacks, all last season. I don't even know how that is possible. 7.5 career sacks seems like a typo after you watch that Tape. 

McDowell Vs BYU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxOApDj265c

McDowell's Official Bio:

2016 SECOND-TEAM ALL-AMERICAN (SI.COM, CBS SPORTS)
2016 FIRST-TEAM ALL-BIG TEN (ASSOCIATED PRESS, PHIL STEELE)


CAREER NOTES: Three-year letterwinner chose to forgo his senior season to enter the 2017 NFL Draft . . . collected 90 tackles, including 24.5 for losses and 7.5 sacks, in 36 career games (23 starts) . . . a versatile athlete, can start any position on the defensive line.

2016 SEASON (JUNIOR): Named second-team All-American by CBS Sports and SI.com . . . selected first-team All-Big Ten by The Associated Press and Phil Steele . . . second-team All-Big Ten choice by the coaches and media . . . led the Spartan defensive line with 34 tackles, including a team-best seven for losses (31 yards), in nine games . . . started in eight games (five at nose tackle; three at defensive end) before missing the final three games of the season with an injury (Rutgers, Ohio State, Penn State) . . . started the first four games of season at nose tackle before missing first half of BYU game due to suspension for the first half following a targeting penalty at Indiana . . . after making first four starts of season at defensive tackle, started Northwestern, Maryland and Michigan games at defensive end before switching back to defensive tackle at Illinois . . . made third start in a row at defensive end vs. No. 2 Michigan and tied his season high with two tackles for loss (3 yards) . . . logged five tackles at Maryland, including an impressive one-arm sack for loss of 9 yards . . . in his first career start at defensive end, posted career-high 11 tackles vs. Northwestern with season-best 2.0 TFLs and 0.5 sacks, leading the defensive linemen with 17 production points . . . logged three tackles in second half vs. BYU (suspended for first half due to targeting at Indiana) . . . posted five stops at Indiana, including half a tackle for loss . . . named Spartan Defensive Attack Force Player of the Week for his outing at No. 18 Notre Dame, logging four tackles including half a tackle for loss; posted 12 total production points as top defensive lineman for second straight game . . . started Furman game at nose tackle, logging three tackles, including one for loss and tallied one QB hurry . . . earned Spartan Defensive Player of the Week award and also posted 16 production points to top defensive linemen and tie for second on defense.

2015 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Second-team All-Big Ten selection by both the coaches and media . . . named first-team All-Big Ten by ESPN.com and second-team by The Associated Press and Athlon Sports . . . named to CampusInsiders.com All-Sophomore Team (first team) . . . named recipient of the team’s Outstanding Underclass Lineman Award (defense) . . . ranked second on the team in tackles for loss (13 for 54 yards), tied for second in QB hurries (8) and third in sacks (4.5 for 38 yards) . . . ranked second on the team with 146 production points during the regular season . . . ranked second among Spartan defensive linemen with 41 tackles . . . named to ESPN.com Big Ten All-Bowl Team after recording two tackles, including a 2-yard loss, vs. No. 2 Alabama in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Cotton Bowl Classic . . . had two tackles and was credited with a half tackle for loss and a QB hurry in the Big Ten Championship Game vs. No. 4 Iowa . . . named Spartan Co-Defensive Attack Force Player of the Week after leading the team with 25 production points in the win over Penn State; returned an interception 13 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter and also had a 10-yard sack . . . recorded a tackle and partially blocked OSU’s Cameron Johnston’s punt late in the fourth quarter in the win at No. 2 Ohio State that helped give MSU good field position (ball on OSU 48-yard line) with 4:07 remaining to set up the Spartans’ game-winning field-goal drive as time expired in the 17-14 win . . . named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after posting season highs in tackles (eight) and tackles for loss (4.5 for 14 yards) vs. Maryland; his 4.5 tackles for loss are the eighth-best single-game total in MSU history and the second most by a Big Ten player in 2015 (Dean Lowry, Northwestern, six vs. Nebraska) . . . also was credited with a half sack (2 yards) and forced fumble against the Terrapins . . . totaled a career-high 29 production points in the Maryland game and was also named the Spartan Defensive Attack Force Player of the Week . . . had 11 production points and three tackles, including a 1-yard loss, in the win at No. 12 Michigan . . . recorded two tackles for loss (11 yards) at Rutgers, including a 10-yard sack in the final seconds of the game to help seal the win for the Spartans; named MSU’s Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Scarlet Knights . . . posted two tackles for loss (7 yards), including a 6-yard sack, forced a fumble, and made six stops overall vs. Purdue; led team with 23 production points against the Boilermakers and was named the Spartan Defensive Player of the Week . . . tallied six tackles vs. Air Force . . . credited with three tackles and two QB hurries in the win over No. 7 Oregon . . . named Spartan Defensive Player of the Week after leading the team with 19 production points in the season opener at Western Michigan; recorded a 10-yard sack and was credited with one quarterback hurry as MSU limited the Broncos to just 18 rushing yards.

2014 SEASON (FRESHMAN): True freshman played in all 13 games at defensive tackle . . . one of four true freshmen to letter for the Spartans in 2014 . . . named a Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America . . . also named a Freshman All-American (third team) by Athlon Sports . . . named to ESPN.com and BTN.com Big Ten All-Freshman Teams . . . finished his first season with 15 tackles, including 4.5 for losses (21 yards) and 1.5 sacks (15 yards) . . . earned the start in the 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic victory over No. 4 Baylor . . . recorded a 1-yard tackle for loss against the Bears . . . tallied two stops, including a 12-yard sack, in road win at Penn State . . . had two tackles, including a 2-yard loss, against Rutgers . . . collected two stops at Indiana . . . had two tackles, including a 3-yard loss, vs. Wyoming . . . posted three tackles, including a half sack (3 yards), at No. 3 Oregon . . . made his collegiate debut against Jacksonville State in the season opener.

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