NFL Draft Rumors: Defensive Players Reuben Foster, Malik McDowell Losing Draft Stocks

By Teddy Cecilio, Posted: 04/20/17 01:26PM EDT
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Defensive players Reuben Foster of Alabama and Michigan State's Malik McDowell are both expected to be top-10 picks in the 2017 NFL Draft. However, recent developments may have caused a huge drop in their respective draft stocks.

Foster, the reigning Butkus Award winner as the nation's top linebacker, underwent surgery on his rotator cuff in February. He was invited to Indianapolis last week for medical rechecks to ensure that he is recovering in time for training camp.

According to Rob Rang of CBS Sports, teams were not satisfied with Foster's recovery. David Fucillo of Niners Nation revealed that Foster's rotator cuff hasn't healed to the level medical officials would like and may need a second surgery.

The San Francisco 49ers, who own the No. 2 pick in the 2017 Draft, are interested in Foster to boost their defensive line. But this latest development could change their mind and turn their attention to someone else.

Foster's agent, Malki Kawa, downplayed the report on his Twitter account. Kawa said his client is ahead of schedule and will be ready for training camp.

Scouts and coaching staff of several teams were having second thoughts about picking McDowell early in the Draft. They were concerned about the drop in McDowell's performance in his junior season, when he posted just 34 tackles and 1.5 sacks. In his sophomore year, McDowell recorded 41 tackles and 4.5 sacks.

According to Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, McDowell recently visited the Dallas Cowboys, who own the No. 28 pick in the 2017 Draft. The Cowboys need a boost to their defensive line behind Benson Mayowa, who tallied six sacks last season.

McDowell also visited the Seattle Seahawks, who have the No. 26 pick in the Draft. They are expected to beef up their defensive line and cornerback position, with the reported departure of veteran Richard Sherman.



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