Malik Hooker
Projection
Round 1
Grade
A
6.90
Starter

Malik Hooker

Safety
Ohio State
  • Year: Redshirt Sophomore
  • Height: 6-1
  • Weight: 206
  • 40-Yard: 4.45
  • Arm: N/A
  • Hand: N/A

Strong Points

Very good safety size. Great athlete with speed, strength, explosiveness and body control. Good to real good instincts. Great range to the sideline coming from the middle of the field. Excellent ball reactions and hands. Quick to react to running plays, can shed and is a good hitter. Keeps plays in front of him. Excellent zone player.

Weak Points

Had surgeries for a sports hernia and hip labrum following the college season. This is a huge concern and will have a real effect on where he is drafted. Won't be able to work out for teams before the draft. Never see him in man coverage. Can get out of control in pursuit and over-run plays or miss some tackles. Has started only one season and had two years of eligibility left.

The Way We See It

Talented player who was easily the best safety in this class before his injury. Following surgery, he is now a wild card. Where he gets drafted will be up to the medical staffs of each club. As a player, he has some "special" to him. He has outstanding range and makes a number of plays in coverage. While we don't see him locked up in man, he has the traits to do so. Being as young as he is, he isn't close to reaching his potential and he has the upside to become a perennial Pro Bowler in the NFL.