New York Giants: Pros, Cons Of Selecting Malik McDowell In 2017 NFL Draft
Pro: Pass Rushing
The New York Giants have two of the better pass rushers in the NFL in Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon. Up the gut, however, the Giants could benefit from creating superior penetration when getting after the quarterback.
Whether or not he posts Geno Atkins or Ndamukong Suh type numbers, Malik McDowell could be a tremendous option for New York in that regard.
Todd McShay of ESPN called McDowell the most talented pass-rushing interior lineman in the 2017 NFL Draft. That’s high praise that fits what McDowell has displayed both on film and in recent drills to test his athleticism.
McDowell is quick off the line and a physically overwhelming presence who can muscle through contact and pursue even the most mobile of quarterbacks.
By adding a third lineman who specializes in rushing the passer, the Giants would create a line with all-time potential. All four starters can take up multiple blockers, and three of the four could post elite sack numbers for their position.
If the Giants are aiming to solidify the pass rush, then drafting McDowell could be the most ideal of moves for general manager Jerry Reese.