Attyla the Hawk wrote:A motivated McDowell is a worthy successor to Michael Bennett.
I really didn't want McDowell leading up to the draft. I just don't think that unmotivated players suddenly discover it late. But I also concede that we're on the outside of this thing and we can't really judge that aspect of players. About the closest we get is what coaches and team mates will allow to slip publicly.
All that said, if McDowell didn't have question marks, he's not getting out of the top 10. Pass rushers, particularly players who can do so from the interior, are worth as much as left tackles. So rolling the dice at the top of R2 on a player who can literally make this draft by himself is a worthwhile risk. Particularly on a player who is still only 20 years of age.
I have more faith in Pete Carroll to extract the best of players with off field question marks than any other coach in this league. So if McDowell is going to achieve his elite potential, he's in the very best place he could have hoped for.
Should McDowell pan out, Seattle has set itself up for many years, having already drafted Avril's successor in Clark who definitely looks like he'll be able to live to that standard this year. If McDowell comes out of the gate hot, this pass rush is simply downright scary. Should he shine early, this will be the best unit we've ever fielded. And that's a tantalizing thought.
The best part of what we need to see from McDowell is not much. He can flash equal to Clarks rookie season and have a huge impact on the rest of the defenses sack totals. Just a consistent interior pressure with McDowell getting say 6 sacks this year, equals 3-5 + sacks PER DEFENSIVE LINEMEN. I can see Avril Bennett, Clark, all getting 14+ sacks each, and then the other guys like Marsh, Wags, Wright, all getting 6 ish each.