Malik Hooker   #29 FS

Height: 6-1   Weight: 214   Age: 23

Born: 4/2/1996 New Castle , PA

College: Ohio State

Experience: 3rd season

High School: New Castle HS [PA]









Draft 2017

Pick No.15

Selected By: Indianapolis Colts

Round: 1

Pick (Overall): 15 (15)

Pick Analysis: Coming out of high school, Hooker could have played Division I basketball. He led New Castle (Penn.) High to a state title as a senior in addition to being an all-state pick as a defensive back (in only his second year of football). Hooker made the right call coming to Ohio State to play safety. He redshirted in 2013 and played as a reserve in 2015 (10 tackles) due to the team's depth at the position. He took advantage of his ascension up the depth chart as a redshirt sophomore in 2016, receiving first-team All-American and All-Big Ten accolades after making 74 tackles (5.5 for loss), intercepting seven passes (tied for second nationally), and breaking up four others.


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  1. Colts select Malik Hooker No. 15 in the 2017 NFL Draft

    Published: April 27, 2017 at 10:10 p.m.

    The Indianapolis Colts select Ohio State safety Malik Hooker No. 15 overall in the 2017 NFL Draft.

  2. Instant Draft Grade Malik Hooker: A

    Published: April 27, 2017 at 10:14 p.m.

    NFL Media's Matt Smith, Bucky Brooks, and Lance Zierlein give Malik Hooker an A draft grade.

  3. First Draft: Malik Hooker

    Published: April 13, 2017 at 06:25 p.m.

    Basketball or football is the tough call the Ohio State safety Malik Hooker had to make. Hooker was a standout in both sports but ultimately opted for the gridiron with the Buckeyes. His instincts with choosing basketball over football served him well, considering the 6 foot 1 206 pound safety is now preparing for the 2017 Draft.

  4. Bucky Brooks compares Malik Hooker to AFC West safety

    Published: March 21, 2017 at 06:35 p.m.

    Former NFL scout Bucky Brooks breaks down some film of top safety prospect Malik Hooker out of Ohio State and explains why Hooker reminds him of Raiders safety Reggie Nelson.

  5. Malik Hooker shows off with one-handed catches

    Published: March 24, 2017 at 06:50 p.m.

    Watch Ohio State safety Malik Hooker make one-handed grabs as he catches a football that comes in with blazing speed from a machine.

  6. Mayock on Hooker: He's comparable to Ed Reed and Earl Thomas

    Published: March 6, 2017 at 10:44 a.m.

    NFL Network's Mike Mayock talks about Ohio State safety Malik Hooker and compares him to former Ravens safety Ed Reed.

  7. Malik Hooker on rehab: 'I trust the process'

    Published: March 6, 2017 at 11:50 a.m.

    Ohio State defensive back Malik Hooker joins "NFL Now Live" to talk about his rehab from a hip injury.

  8. 2017 Combine: Malik Hooker press confernce

    Published: March 5, 2017 at 05:49 p.m.

    Ohio State Buckeyes safety Malik Hooker addresses the media as he prepares to workout at the 2017 NFL Combine.

  9. Malik Hooker One-Handed INT

    Published: Oct. 12, 2016 at 04:01 p.m.

    Ohio State safety Malik Hooker makes a one-handed interception against Tulsa.

  10. Malik Hooker in rehab training

    Published: March 17, 2017 at 06:40 p.m.

    Former Ohio State defensive back Malik Hooker posts Instagram video of his rehabilitation training following his recent hernia surgery.

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