Malik McDowell was in Philadelphia on Thursday night in hopes of coming off the board in the first round.

That didn’t happen. Instead, McDowell was forced to wait until Friday to hear his name called. But he didn’t have to wait very long. The Seattle Seahawks picked McDowell at No. 35 overall.

The former Spartan defensive tackle came into 2016 with big-time expectations after a breakout sophomore season in East Lansing in which he recorded 13 tackles for loss in MSU’s run to the College Football Playoff.

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Because of injuries, McDowell only played eight games in his final season in East Lansing. He had 31 tackles and seven tackles for loss in an injury-plagued 2016.

At both defensive tackle and defensive end, McDowell finished his career with 90 tackles, 24.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks in 36 career games.

The 6-6, 276-pound junior was MSU’s first draft pick in 2017 and he was the Spartans’ second consecutive defensive lineman to be drafted in the first three rounds.