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Malik McDowell Declares for The NFL Draft

McDowell has decided to bypass his last year of eligibility and will pursue a career in professional football.

NCAA Football: Wisconsin at Michigan State Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan State fans are going to be missing a familiar face next season as Malik McDowell, who missed the last three games in 2016 due to injury, has declared for the NFL Draft, where he is mostly projected to be the next in a line of first round picks from MSU (Darqueze Dennard ‘13, Trae Waynes ‘14, Jack Conklin ‘15)

McDowell played a total of 36 games, starting 24 of them, and finished his career with 88 total tackles, 50 solo tackles, 24.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks. McDowell had one interception, one defensive touchdown, and two forced fumbles. He posted quite the resume for Michigan State.

Losing a big time playmaker on defense as athletic and talented as McDowell — especially along the defensive line that was such a sore spot in 2016 — will not be easy but Michigan State will have to find a way to not only do that but improve as a unit, as well.

Let’s take a look back at McDowell’s lone touchdown as a Spartan.

For fun let’s take it all the way back and see when he officially became a Spartan.

On behalf of everyone at TOC and Spartan fans everywhere we want to thank Malik for an amazing Spartan career! Good Luck in the NFL!