Film Review: Michigan State DT Malik McDowell

​Malik McDowell is one of the more intriguing prospects in this draft. There is no doubt he is a freak athlete. He has all the tools needed to be a Pro Bowl defensive lineman, but consistency as well as character concerns seem to be the issue with McDowell.

The Dolphins need a defensive lineman in this draft. Whether it is a defensive end or a defensive tackle, the Dolphins need to address the position, and McDowell just might be the guy for that. He is versatile enough to play the defensive tackle position as well as rotating in reps at defensive end in a 4-3 defense. ​The Good:

McDowell is one of the more freakishly athletic prospects in the draft. For being 6’6, 295 lbs, McDowell is extremely agile.

On this play, McDowell portrays tremendous agility and athleticism to avoid multiple offensive linemen, cleanly getting into the backfield to make a tackle for a loss.

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​Here, he lines up at defensive end, displaying quick twitch ability to weave in and out around the right tackle for a QB hit.

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​Outside of tremendous agility and athleticism, McDowell has violent hands, constantly using them along with great strength to get around offensive linemen for impact plays. Here are a few examples of his violent hand use.

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Combining agility, quickness, and overall athleticism, McDowell has an advantage in the trenches with a very good first step.

On this play, McDowell’s first step allows him to shoot the gap between the center and right guard, getting into the backfield with ease.

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​Here, McDowell lines up at end and explodes off the snap to avoid the center’s cut block for the QB pressure.

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​McDowell’s versatility allows him to move from defensive tackle to defensive …read more

Source:: PhinManiacs.com

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