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Malik McDowell (born June 20, 1996) is an American football defensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Michigan State.

Malik McDowell
Free agent
Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1996-06-20) June 20, 1996 (age 23)
Detroit, Michigan
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:299 lb (136 kg)
Career information
High school:Southfield
(Southfield, Michigan)
College:Michigan State
NFL Draft:2017 / Round: 2 / Pick: 35
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • Freshman All-American FWAA (2014)
  • 2× Second-Team All-Big Ten (2015, 2016)
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at


Early years

McDowell attended Loyola High School in Detroit, Michigan and later attended Southfield High School in Southfield, Michigan.[1] He had a successful high school football career was rated by as a five-star recruit and was ranked as the second best defensive end in his class and 26th best player overall.[2] He committed to Michigan State University to play college football.[3]

College career

McDowell attended and played college football at Michigan State under head coach Mark Dantonio.[4] In the 2014 season, McDowell played in all 13 games as a true freshman and had 15 tackles and 1.5 sacks.[5][6][7] As a sophomore in 2015, he was named an All-American by Fox Sports. On November 29, 2016, McDowell was named Second Team All-Big Ten.[8] On December 5, 2016, McDowell announced that he had signed with an agent and would enter the 2017 NFL Draft.[9]

Professional career

McDowell received an invitation to the NFL Combine and completed every combine drill, except for the short shuttle and three-cone drill. He also participated at Michigan State's Pro Day, but chose to run only positional drills for scouts and team representatives in attendance.[10] McDowell attended nine private workouts and visits with the Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks, and Washington Redskins.[11] NFL draft experts and analysts projected McDowell to be a first round pick. He was ranked the top defensive tackle available in the draft by ESPN and NFL analyst Bucky Brooks, the second best defensive tackle by Sports Illustrated and Pro Football Focus, and was ranked the third best interior defensive lineman by NFL media analyst Mike Mayock.[12][13][14][15][16]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 6 in
(1.98 m)
295 lb
(134 kg)
34 34 in
(0.88 m)
10 12 in
(0.27 m)
4.85 s 1.69 s 2.84 s 4.53 s 7.69 s 28.5 in
(0.72 m)
9 ft 4 in
(2.84 m)
23 reps
All values from NFL Combine[17]

The Seattle Seahawks selected McDowell in the second round (35th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.[18] On May 25, 2017, the Seahawks signed McDowell to a four-year, $6.95 million contract with $4.40 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $3.19 million.[19]

A few weeks prior to training camp, McDowell was involved in an ATV accident and was placed on the reserve/did not report list on July 30, 2017.[20][21] He later returned to practice and was placed on the non-football injury list due to the injuries from the accident.[22]

On July 26, 2018, McDowell was waived by the Seahawks with a non-football injury designation,[23] and subsequently placed on the reserve/non-football injury list the next day.

On March 2, 2019, McDowell was officially released by the Seahawks.[24]

On February 18, 2019 Malik got into a scuffle with Lathrup Village, Michigan police.[25][26] McDowell was suspended for two games as a result of the incident.[27]


  1. ^ "Report: Michigan, MSU recruit Malik McDowell transfers to Southfield, awaits clearance to play".
  2. ^ "".
  3. ^ Lacy, Eric (February 5, 2014). "Malik McDowell commits to Michigan State; Southfield defensive end one of nation's top players". Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  4. ^ "Malik McDowell College Stats". College Football at Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  5. ^ "Michigan State expects McDowell to 'dominate'". July 2, 2015. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  6. ^ Griffith, Mike (August 7, 2015). "There's no disrespecting the Michigan State defensive line and rising star Malik McDowell". Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  7. ^ "MSU's McDowell just 'scratching the surface' as player". Lansing State Journal. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  8. ^ "2016 Big Ten Individual Award Winners" (PDF). Big Ten Conference. Retrieved November 30, 2016.
  9. ^ Solari, Chris (December 5, 2016). "Report: Malik McDowell to enter NFL Draft". Detroit Free Press.
  10. ^ "*Malik McDowell, DS #2 DT, Michigan State". Retrieved May 26, 2017.
  11. ^ "Walter Football: 2017 NFL Draft Prospect Visits/Workouts". Retrieved June 3, 2017.
  12. ^ Burke, Chris (April 24, 2017). "2017 NFL draft rankings: Top prospects by position". Retrieved May 26, 2017.
  13. ^ Jeff Legwold (April 22, 2017). "Ranking the 2017 Draft's Top 100 Prospects". Retrieved May 26, 2017.
  14. ^ "Top 32 Prospects for the 2017 NFL Draft". Retrieved May 26, 2017.
  15. ^ Bucky Brooks (April 25, 2017). "Bucky Brooks' top 5 2017 NFL Draft prospects by position 3.0". Retrieved May 26, 2017.
  16. ^ Mike Mayock (April 12, 2017). "Mike Mayock's top 5 2017 NFL Draft prospects by position 3.0". Retrieved May 26, 2017.
  17. ^ "NFL Events: Combine Player Profiles - Malik McDowell".
  18. ^ Yohannes, Aron (April 28, 2017). "Seattle Seahawks Select Michigan State Defensive End Malik McDowell With No. 35 Overall Pick In 2017 NFL Draft".
  19. ^ " Malik McDowell contract". Retrieved May 26, 2017.
  20. ^ Patra, Kevin (July 30, 2017). "Seahawks rookie Malik McDowell in vehicular accident".
  21. ^ Boyle, John (July 30, 2017). "Seahawks Place Malik McDowell On Reserve/Did Not Report List; Sign DT Rodney Coe".
  22. ^ Boyle, John (August 3, 2017). "Seahawks DT Malik McDowell Reports To Training Camp".
  23. ^ Boyle, John (July 26, 2018). "Seahawks Waive Defensive Tackle Malik McDowell & Cornerback DeAndre Elliott; Sign Two Tight Ends".
  24. ^ Williams, Charean (March 2, 2019). "Seahawks officially releasing Malik McDowell". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.
  25. ^ Ramirez, Charles (July 9, 2019). "TMZ releases video of ex-MSU star Malik McDowell in scuffle with police". Retrieved July 9, 2019.
  26. ^ Martindale, Mike (June 26, 2019). "Ex-MSU star Malik McDowell charged in scuffle with cops, truck theft". Retrieved July 10, 2019.
  27. ^ "Report: Malik McDowell suspended for first two games of season". July 12, 2019. Retrieved July 13, 2019.

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