It’s all but a virtual certainty the Dallas Cowboys will draft on the defensive side of the ball.

Although they’ve worked out a few select tight ends and wide receivers leading into the draft, the Dallas Cowboys have primarily focused on hosting defensive backs and defensive lineman. According to the Fort Worth Star Telegram’s Charean Williams, the Cowboys have invited DL Malik McDowell for a pre-draft visit this week.

In three seasons at Michigan State, McDowell contributed 7.5 sacks and 24.5 tackles for loss. After playing both inside and outside in college, McDowell is set up to play strongside defensive end and will likely be taken in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

NBC DFW claims “McDowell’s size, length, quickness and overall athleticism give him upside among the highest in this year’s draft. Questions about his inconsistent technique, motor and production could drop him toward the late first round, though.”

Here’s some footage of McDowell last December against Wisconsin:

With just nine days remaining until the draft, expect the Dallas Cowboys to host several last minute pre-draft visits this week and next.

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Lauren Scullion is a lifelong Cowboys fan, secret Packers fan, Dallas Cowboys/ NFL writer, social media guru and NFC East know-it-all.