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Malik McDowell Among Worst Interviews at Combine

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Malik McDowell opted to leave Michigan State early and enter the NFL draft. Now in the draft process he’s reportedly not doing himself any favors.

A Yahoo Sports report on winners and losers post combine listed Malik McDowell as a “loser” despite his incredible physical attributes. The reason? His poor interviews.

From the Yahoo report: “Said one team: “Worst interview we did.” Added another: “Awful interview. Awful.”

The report goes on and cites an NFL team that talks about how often times McDowell’s tape and his production level don’t match up, comparing him to JaDeveon Clowney in terms of things like drive and work ethic. McDowell reportedly shrugged off work ethic questions in the interview saying there was no problem there.

“With [McDowell], I can’t figure out what makes this kid tick. 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.” another NFL team told Yahoo.

McDowell measured in at 6’6″ 295 pounds at the combine and among other drills ran a 4.85 40 yard dash. Many post combine mock drafts now have McDowell outside of the first round of this year’s draft.


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