Malik McDowell

Malik Devon McDowell (born June 20, 1996) is a former American football defensive tackle. After playing college football for Michigan State, he was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft. He sustained injuries from an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) accident shortly after being drafted and never played in a game for the Seahawks. He was sentenced to 11 months in prison for a series of crimes in Michigan in November 2019.[1]

Malik McDowell
No. 94
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
Player stats at PFR

Early yearsEdit

McDowell attended Loyola High School in Detroit, Michigan and later attended Southfield High School in Southfield, Michigan.[2] 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.[3] He committed to Michigan State University to play college football.[4]

College careerEdit

McDowell attended and played college football at Michigan State under head coach Mark Dantonio.[5] In the 2014 season, McDowell played in all 13 games as a true freshman and had 15 tackles and 1.5 sacks.[6][7][8] 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.[9] On December 5, 2016, McDowell announced that he had signed with an agent and would enter the 2017 NFL Draft.[10]

Professional careerEdit

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.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13][14][15][16][17]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
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[18]

The Seattle Seahawks selected McDowell in the second round (35th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.[19] 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.[20]

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.[21][22] He later returned to practice and was placed on the non-football injury list on August 3 due to the injuries from the accident.[23] He was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol on September 22, 2017, and was sentenced to 12 months of probation on March 20, 2018. He was arrested again in December 2017 for disorderly conduct.[24]

On July 26, 2018, McDowell was waived by the Seahawks with a non-football injury designation,[25] and subsequently placed on the reserve/non-football injury list the next day.

On February 18, 2019, McDowell got into an altercation with police in Lathrup Village, Michigan, and was charged with assault, resisting arrest, and operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OVI).[26][27] He was released by the Seahawks on March 2, 2019.[28] In April 2019, he was arrested for receiving and concealing stolen property after police found a stolen car in his possession.[1] The Seahawks filed a lawsuit against him in May 2019, after he failed to repay $799,238 of his signing bonus.[29] McDowell was suspended for the first two weeks of the 2019 NFL season as a result of the February 2019 incident on July 12, 2019.[30] He was reinstated from suspension on September 17, 2019. On October 23, 2019, he pleaded guilty to all of the criminal charges.[31] He was sentenced to 11 months in prison on November 13, 2019.[1]


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

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