McDowell looks, sounds the part of a top pick

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McDowell looks, sounds the part of a top pick

Notapor wang1993 » Mié May 17, 2017 8:33 am

Which wasn't that surprising, given that this was the first drill of their NFL lives. “Do it again!” new Seahawks defensive Robert Quinn Womens Jersey line coach Clint Hurtt bellowed, summoning two of them back for a re-do of slamming into a blocking sled. Then it was Malik McDowell’s turn. THWACK! The big hands at the end of McDowell’s long arms A.J. Green Youth Jersey smacked into the sled’s pads. Seattle’s top rookie draft choice then lifted up the bulky, metal sled like it was a newborn baby, almost all the way to the top of his 6-foot-6 body. “I like it, Malik! I LIKE IT!” Hurtt roared at his new defensive tackle. “Nice hands!” It's hard to learn much from rookie minicamp. It was, after all, in helmets and shorts, four months before real games begin. The rest of the veterans aren’t even Sherrick McManis Womens Jersey here to push most of these guys down the depth chart, or off the roster. But it became obvious why Seattle took McDowell at the top of the second round last month. He looks incredibly long and not near his listed 299 pounds. Further, he appears far more polished and savvy with his hands and feet than most rookie pass rushers -- especially one still 20 years old. Coach Pete Carroll noticed him right away. It was tough not to. “Instantly, almost, you can see how comfortable he is with his movements, his body control,” Carroll said. “He’s got an awareness already how to use his hands that you are surprised to see that much with that kind of background. “He’s off to a great start. He looks great. Taller than a lot of guys that we’ve had at his position. And we’re excited to see how we are going to move forward with that.” He is going to get a lot of preseason time outside at end, which he rarely played in college. In passing situations and nickel-defense packages the Seahawks plan on having McDowell as a fast, tall tackle paired inside with two-time Pro Bowl pass rusher Michael Bennett. Many thought McDowell would be a top-10 pick in this year’s draft, until a 2016 season in which he played through a high-ankle sprain then was perceived to tank along with his 3-9 Michigan State team. Carroll said the Seahawks are fine with his weight, and that McDowell may gain 10, 15 pounds over the next year. That will come from getting stronger, maturing into a 21-year old and working in an NFL weight room. The Seahawks don’t want him to be an inside run stopper; they still have tackles Ahtyba Rubin and Jarran Reed for that. They want McDowell to be a uniquely tall, fast pass rusher who can blow past and between centers and guards, perhaps before they get out of their stances. “We don’t want him to gain weight. We just want him to get stronger,” Carroll said. “We feel like he is big enough right now.”
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