Former Michigan State DL Malik McDowell received the dubious distinction of being named a “loser” of the 2017 NFL Combine by Yahoo Sports’ Eric Edholm.
Why? McDowell’s overall numbers didn’t jump off the page, but at 6-foot-6 and 295 pounds, his 4.85-second 40-yard dash mark had to intrigue scouts, as well as his ability to play across the line.
But per Edholm, he stood out away from the TV screen for the wrong reasons. One NFL team told Edholm of McDowell, “Worst interview we did.” Another reportedly said, “Awful interview. Awful.”
McDowell has been dogged by questions of work ethic, to which he responded on Sunday by saying, “That is not a problem at all.” He added that teams have said he needs to work on playing hard every down.
Said one team to Edholm, “He might be the type who, maybe he falls (in the draft) and it lights a fire under him. I don’t know. But I need that light on more often, and he didn’t like it when we asked him about that.”