Phins Try Out Former High Draft Pick

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Although the Dolphins defense just pitched a shutout, there is still room to improve. Specifically, at defensive tackle considering Davon Godchaux’s biceps injury resulting in him being out for 3 months. Currently, the team has a solid rotation of lineman in Christian Wilkins, Zach Sieler, and Raekwon Davis. The team called up undrafted rookie free agent acquisition Benito Jones from the practice squad prior to their matchup with the Jets.

Despite their solid performance, this regime is not satisfied with the depth and is looking to improve. First it was reported that Miami tried to lure “Snacks” Harrison from the Seahawks practice squad but he declined to join Miami, more recently, the team tried out former 2nd round pick Malik McDowell.

McDowell was a highly touted prospect out of Michigan State. His combination of unreal size at 6’6 and 300 pounds, with athleticism and explosion made him a tantalizing addition to any interior defensive line. He was a raw player needing some development but his ceiling has always been considered high. Unfortunately, his career never took off.

A few months following his selection 35th overall in the 2017 NFL Draft, McDowell was involved in an accident which forced him to sit out his rookie season to rehabilitate. Following an incident with police, he was sentenced to 11-months in prison and was eventually sued by the Seahawks who wanted their signing bonus back.

It is important to note, McDowell’s size and athleticism have not gone away. He’s 24-years old and can be valuable in the proper situation. If the Dolphins take a swing on Malik McDowell, I would expect his integration into the rotation to be swift.