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Malik McDowell
American football player

Malik McDowell

Malik McDowell
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Quick Facts

Intro American football player
Is American football player Football player
From United States of America
Field Sports
Gender male
Birth 20 June 1996, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
Age 25 years
Star sign Gemini
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 117 kg
Michigan State University
Southfield High School
Sports Teams
Michigan State Spartans football
The details (from wikipedia)


Malik Devon McDowell (born June 20, 1996) is an American football defensive tackle for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). After playing college football for Michigan State, he was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft. He sustained injuries from an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) accident shortly after being drafted and never played in a game for the Seahawks. His career was further complicated by a legal issue which ultimately resulted in him being sentenced to prison for 11 months in November 2019. In 2021, McDowell returned to the NFL and has since played for the Browns.

Early years

McDowell attended Loyola High School in Detroit, Michigan, and then Southfield High School in Southfield, Michigan. As a high school football player, he was rated by Rivals.com as a five-star recruit, and was ranked as the second best defensive end in his class and the 26th best player overall. He committed to play football at Michigan State University.

College career

McDowell played college football at Michigan State under head coach Mark Dantonio. In the 2014 season, McDowell played in all 13 games as a true freshman and had 15 tackles and 1.5 sacks. As a sophomore in 2015, he was named an All-American by Fox Sports. On November 29, 2016, McDowell was named Second Team All-Big Ten. On December 5, 2016, McDowell announced that he had signed with an agent and would enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

Professional career

McDowell received an invitation to the NFL Combine and completed every combine drill, except for the short shuttle and three-cone drill. He also participated at Michigan State's Pro Day, but chose to run only positional drills for scouts and team representatives in attendance. McDowell attended nine private workouts and visits with the Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks, and Washington Redskins. NFL draft experts and analysts projected McDowell to be a first round pick. He was ranked the top defensive tackle available in the draft by ESPN and NFL analyst Bucky Brooks, the second best defensive tackle by Sports Illustrated and Pro Football Focus, and was ranked the third best interior defensive lineman by NFL media analyst Mike Mayock.

Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 6+14 in
(1.99 m)
295 lb
(134 kg)
34+34 in
(0.88 m)
10+12 in
(0.27 m)
4.85 s 1.69 s 2.84 s 4.53 s 7.69 s 28.5 in
(0.72 m)
9 ft 4 in
(2.84 m)
23 reps
All values from NFL Combine

Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks selected McDowell in the second round (35th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft. On May 25, 2017, the Seahawks signed McDowell to a four-year, $6.95 million contract with $4.40 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $3.19 million.

A few weeks prior to training camp, McDowell was involved in an ATV accident and was placed on the reserve/did not report list on July 30, 2017. He later returned to practice and was placed on the non-football injury list on August 3 due to the injuries from the accident. He was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol on September 22, 2017, and was sentenced to 12 months of probation on March 20, 2018. He was arrested again in December 2017 for disorderly conduct.

On July 26, 2018, McDowell was waived by the Seahawks with a non-football injury designation, and subsequently placed on the reserve/non-football injury list the next day.

On February 18, 2019, McDowell got into an altercation with police in Lathrup Village, Michigan, and was charged with assault, resisting arrest, and operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OVI). During the incident and while resisting arrest, McDowell constantly and for several minutes shouted demands for seeing the police officers' 'supervisor'. He was released by the Seahawks on March 2, 2019. In April 2019, he was arrested for receiving and concealing stolen property after police found a stolen car in his possession. The Seahawks filed a lawsuit against him in May 2019, after he failed to repay $799,238 of his signing bonus. McDowell was suspended for the first two weeks of the 2019 NFL season as a result of the February 2019 incident on July 12, 2019. He was reinstated from suspension on September 17, 2019. On October 23, 2019, he pleaded guilty to all of the criminal charges. He was sentenced to 11 months in prison on November 13, 2019. His agent said in May 2020 that he was medically cleared to return to football, and McDowell worked out for the Miami Dolphins on October 21, 2020. In March 2021, his agent said he was looking to return to the NFL.

Cleveland Browns

McDowell signed with the Cleveland Browns on May 3, 2021. McDowell made the final 53 man roster for the Cleveland Browns on August 31, 2021.

On January 17, 2022, McDowell was arrested for indecent public exposure and assaulting a police officer while resisting arrest. The Cleveland Browns afterwards released a statement indicating they are investigating the matter.

Legal issues

In November 2019, McDowell was sentenced to 11 months in prison and three years probation after pleading guilty to a series of crimes in Michigan which involved car theft, driving while intoxicated, resisting arrest and assault of police officers.

On January 17, 2022, McDowell was arrested in Deerfield Beach, Florida, and charged with public exposure, assaulting a police officer, and resisting arrest, after police received a call about a man walking naked on the property of a learning center for children.

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