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12 Things To Know About Seahawks Defensive Tackle Malik McDowell

Get to know defensive tackle Malik McDowell, the Seahawks' first pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Malik McDowell said he was “smiling from ear to ear” as he got a call from John Schneider and Pete Carroll on Friday night, when the Seattle general manager and head coach told the Michigan State defensive tackle that the Seahawks were going to select him with the No. 35 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

On the field, McDowell's addition should give the Seahawks defense a versatile athlete capable of playing multiple positions up front, where he'll join an already disruptive group featuring players like Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett, Frank Clark, Dion Jordan, Cassius Marsh, Jarran Reed, and Ahtyba Rubin. 

Off the field, Seattle fans will get a dog-loving Detroit native who prefers the aisle seat on an airplane and believes Denzel Washington is the actor best suited to play him in a movie. And those aren't all the personal details McDowell revealed just moments after learning he'd be playing his professional football in Seattle. Here's 12 more things you probably didn't know about the Seahawks' second-round pick.

1. Nickname? 


2. College Major?

McDowell: "Sociology, but I'm going back for turf management and a minor in business."

3. Hobbies?

McDowell:"I like playing with my dog. My dog's name is Esco, it's an XL Bully Pit."

4. Athlete You Idolized Growing Up?

McDowell: "I had two. Julius Peppers is probably number one, then Demarcus Ware."

5. Role Model Growing Up?

McDowell: "My parents, really. My dad and my mom."

6. Favorite Movie?

McDowell: "I just went to see The Fate of the Furious, that was a real good movie. I enjoyed it."

7. Favorite Video Game?


8. Favorite Restaurant?

McDowell: "A place called Mr. B's (Soul Food). It's in the city (Detroit)."

9. Best NFL Player At Your Position?

McDowell: "I don't even know what position I play truthfully [laughter]. Who could I say? I'm going to say Aaron Donald's real nice right now, he's real nice."

10. Dream Vacation Spot?

McDowell: "Probably somewhere out of the country. I've been seeing all those little pictures and everything, I don't know where they're at, but somewhere with a blue ocean and palm trees everywhere. I also want to go to Africa some day."

11. Best Advice You've Ever Received?

McDowell: "Never quit."

12. Aside From The NFL, Your Dream Job Would Be?

McDowell:"The NFL has always been my dream job, actually. But probably be the CEO of some company somewhere, really just doing something I love. Other than football, I haven't really thought about doing anything else."

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