The Jacksonville Jaguars will certainly be looking at defensive linemen with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, but Michigan State’s Malik McDowell isn’t one of them... right?
Brett Kollmann of Battle Red Blog believes McDowell to be an incredible talent that could go at the top of the first round. Just how high can he go? Check out the film breakdown and enjoy!
Malik McDowell: Sparta’s One-Man Army
Kollman is incredibly high on McDowell, believing him to be worthy of a top-10 pick when most other analysts have him going in the latter half of the first round:
A former consensus five-star prospect out of high school who had 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 he was "on", nobody could stop him - and I mean NOBODY.
Players with this unique blend of size, length, strength, fluidity, and quickness are rare breeds. He 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, then I just don't know what else I can say.
What do you think? Is there any chance the Jaguars trade back into the first to grab a guy like McDowell? Getting him at the top of the second round pick would be a steal, but he may not last that long.