3. Cleveland Browns DT Malik McDowell
After Week 1, he’s got to be the front runner fo the NFL’s comeback player of the year.
It’s really remarkable what we’re seeing from McDowell so far, considering he had never even played in a preseason game until this season after being a 2017 second-round pick.
McDowell had a stellar pro debut, grading out as the Browns’ top defensive player in the eyes of Pro Football Focus, with a mark of 83.0
The stats show two tackles, one of which went for a losss, but McDowell was really a problem for the Chiefs all day.
For what it’s worth, free agent Malik Jackson graded out with a score of 67.0, while Andrew Billings was at 46.7.
McDowell has clearly passed Billings in the coaching staff’s eyes, as Billings recorded only 11 defensive snaps. Billings signed as free agent before the 2020 season, but then opted out to COVID-19.
If McDowell passes him on the depth chart, and it appears he has, Billings offers the line good depth.