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Prospect Profile: Michigan St. DT Malik McDowell

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Malik McDowell

Defensive tackle| Michigan State| Junior

Height:6-foot-6 | Weight: 295 pounds

College Stats

2016: totaled 34 tackles (20 solo) with 7.0 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks; Second-Team All-American honoree by and CBS Sports; earned First-Team All-Big Ten honors from *The Associated Press *and Phil Steele; played in nine games but missed final three games due to injury

Career: totaled 90 tackles, 24.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks in 36 career games (23 starts); twice named to Second-Team All-Big Ten team by coaches and media; named Freshman All-American after 2014 season; played in all 13 games as a true freshman;

Combine Results

40-yard dash: 4.85 seconds

Bench press: 23 reps of 225 pounds

Broad jump: 9 feet, 4 inches

Vertical jump: 28.5 inches

3-cone drill: 7.69 seconds

20-yard shuttle: 4.53 seconds



Summary:McDowell was an extremely productive defensive linemen his first two years at Michigan State before an ankle injury hobbled him some this season. He has great length and athleticism. McDowell made multiple starts at nose tackle and defensive end in college career.

Lance Zierlein of **said McDowell** is "slippery and long. Combination of arm length and flexible torso allow him to slither into gaps and create disruptions for blockers. Freaky combination of size and athleticism. Can overwhelm blockers with pure strength and explosiveness when his feet are right. Strong enough in lower half to play through contact and cause stress in the pocket."

Stacking up: NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks has McDowell as his top-ranked defensive tackle and said he is "a long, rangy interior defender with disruptive potential as an inside rusher." Chris Burke of *Sports Illustrated *has McDowell as his No. 2 defensive tackle while NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock ranked McDowell as the third-best interior defensive lineman.

In for six: McDowell had a 13-yard interception return for a touchdown against Penn State in 2015.

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