McDowell was a three year player for the Spartans, and was a top 50 high school recruit out of the Detroit Metro area. He was named second team All-Big 10 for both of his final two seasons in East Lansing.
As a freshman, he finished with 15 tackles, 4.5 TFLs, 1.5 sacks, and two QB hurries.
As a sophomore, he totaled 41 tackles, 13 TFLs, 4.5 sacks, eight QB hurries, two forced fumbles, a blocked kick, and an INT that was returned for a score.
As a senior, he wrapped his career by totaling 34 tackles, seven TFLs, 1.5 sacks, and five QB hurries. He played in just nine games due to an ankle injury.
Solid frame with good arm length.
Can be very athletic when he wants to be.
Very strong lower body, helps power through blocks.
Hands are quick and to the point.
Has a decent swim move.
Has enough athletic ability to chase and pursue.
Very good tackle radius.
Has worked at End as well as DT.
Footwork is a mess.
He can play very much out of control at times.
Has been considered as being lazy at times.
Fairly new as a tackle, will need time to learn.
Can get beat up by double teams.
Needs better pad level.
Plays too upright at times.
Stays with the blocker, rides the wave.
Has not been a vocal leader, just does his thing and goes home.
McDowell is a frustrating player in that he has dominant traits, and has the ability to be a big time player, but he doesn't always give the effort. He needs to be constantly motivated, and that could get old for a coaching staff. He has to decide whether he is going to be a star one day, or just a complete wash out. There is no gray for him when it comes to this.