The most-maligned draft pick of John Schneider’s career with the Seattle Seahawks is back on the radar.
Malik McDowell, the team’s first selection in 2017, is trying out for the Miami Dolphins, per ESPN’s Field Yates.
An interesting tryout for the Dolphins: former Seahawks DT Malik McDowell, the 2017 second round pick out of Michigan State that never played in a game for Seattle.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) October 21, 2020
Talent was never an issue for him coming out of Michigan State.
McDowell never even made it through training camp as a rookie, sustaining a tragic head injury in an ATV incident. Full details about that fateful week have never been entirely clear.
Consequences from that decision, however, have been painfully clear. McDowell never suited up for the Seahawks, and a string of arrests predated his official release from the team. In November of last year, he was sentenced to 11 months in prison.
After the incident, Seattle subsequently traded Jermaine Kearse and draft capital for Sheldon Richardson, in a move that did not end up saving the Seahawks’ playoff bid. Instead, it seems they’ve had questions about their defensive line for four years now, never being able to fully catch back up to speed.
But the drama didn’t end. Some time later, Seattle decided to try to recoup their losses via grievances over McDowell’s rookie contract and guaranteed money. John Gilbert covered this in detail last year, after a two-year silence on social media saw McDowell resurface to defend himself.
The @Seahawks had there own reasoning for not letting me play but my head was not issue ♂️— Malik McDowell (@MSU_LEEK4) June 1, 2019
Now, just days after fans became outraged that Budda Baker had himself a good game, McDowell (picked one slot earlier) is attempting to play again. But, after missing three entire seasons of competitive football, Malik McDowell has himself an uphill battle.