Two-year starter named Second Team All-Big Ten as both a sophomore and a junior, garnering All-American recognition as a senior in 2016. Started five games at nose tackle and three at defensive end in 2015 before missing the Spartans’ final three games with an ankle injury. Made 34 tackles (seven for loss) with 1.5 sacks in 2016 after posting 41 tackles (13 for loss) and 4.5 sacks as a sophomore.
Explosive college defensive lineman coming off a disappointing junior campaign. Displays outstanding first-step quickness and explosiveness and moves well in all directions of the field. Fast moving laterally and easily gets outside the box to make plays in pursuit. Keeps his feet and hands active, gets leverage on opponents and holds the point. Finds ways to wedge through blocks and disrupts the action behind the line of scrimmage.
Struggled last season when he played out of position at defensive end in Michigan State’s four-man line. Average pass rusher. Has character and motor issues.
When focused on his game, McDowell can be a difference-maker and offers possibilities at defensive tackle and potentially two-gap end. He’s a disruptive lineman with a high upside who can make plays on the ball or occupy the gaps when focused on his game.