DL Malik McDowell did not impress at combine – One team says ‘Worst interview we did’

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Mar 5, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan State Spartans defensive lineman Malik McDowell does the broad jump during the 2017 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Yahoo Sports’ Eric Edholm is calling MSU DL Malik McDowell the “loser” of the Combine and reportedly many teams were left unimpressed by the lineman.

One NFL team told Edholm of McDowell, “Worst interview we did.” Another reportedly said, “Awful interview. Awful.”

Plagued by questions of his work ethic that he brushed off with “That is not a problem at all.” and questions of his on-field fire are huge question marks heading into the Draft.

Said another 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.”

Meanwhile, SI’s MMQB has the Lions taking McDowell at 21 – Nation, would this be the most Lions move ever, or do you think the noise surrounding McDowell is a bunch of smoke and mirrors?

Emily Kaplan writes: “GM Bob Quinn needs to add some defensive talent and he knows it. McDowell didn’t have a great year in East Lansing, but that’s in part because he has been hampered by several injuries. But he has the tools (not to mention the 6-6, 276-pound frame) to wreck havoc.”