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The Film Room (2017 NFL Draft): Malik McDowell’s Limitless Potential

The best defensive player in the Big 10 just so happened to be on one of the conference’s worst teams. Here is your introduction to Michigan State’s monstrous defensive lineman, Malik McDowell.

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Our coverage of the 2017 NFL Draft continues this week with one of the most talented, but also most heavily-debated prospects in this entire class, Michigan State DT/DE Malik McDowell.

A former consensus five-star prospect out of high school with offers from every major program you can think of, McDowell chose Michigan State (against his mother's wishes) and immediately became an major contributor on one of the best teams in the country. His production sadly never mirrored his real impact throughout his career as a Spartan, but opposing coaches and players alike have always attested to McDowell's game-breaking talent. When McDowell was "on", nobody—and I mean nobody—could stop him.

Players with his unique blend of size, length, strength, fluidity, and quickness are rare breeds. McDowell may have an inconsistent motor and plenty of technical flaws to iron out, but if you put this caliber of athlete in a good locker room and give him a defensive line coach that can mold him, you will likely end up with the unholy hybrid of Carlos Dunlap and Muhammad Wilkerson. If THAT does not sound like someone worthy of a top-10 pick to you, I just don't know what else I can say.

Enjoy the episode, everyone!