Malik McDowell has a lot to prove this weekend in Indy.
The Michigan State defensive tackle decided to leave after his junior season, something he initially said he’d do only if he thought he could be selected in the first few picks. But after a tough seasons full of injuries and team losses, McDowell is currently being projected as a late first-round pick.
He told reporters Saturday that he felt like he should still be a top-five pick. He has the measurements (6-foot-6 1/4 inches, 295 pounds), and on Sunday he showed he has the speed.
All of that 295 pounds ran a 4.85-second 40-yard dash on Day 3 of the NFL Combine, and impressive feat for someone McDowell’s size.
Some DL official 40s:
Myles Garrett: 4.64
Jonathan Allen: 5.00
Trey Hendrickson: 4.65
Malik McDowell: 4.85
Derek Barnett: 4.88#NFLCombine
— Chase Goodbread (@ChaseGoodbread) March 5, 2017
He ran a 4.90 on his first attempt.
6'6" + 276lbs…
— NFL (@NFL) March 5, 2017
McDowell is rated by CBS as the No. 22 overall prospect in the draft, and the second-best defensive tackle. He put up 22 reps on the bench press — an average number at his position — on Saturday.