Amani Hooker

Iowa
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Prospect Info

College
Iowa
Hometown
Class
MN
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 11"
210 lbs
30 1/8”
Hands
9 1/8”

Prospect Grade

5.80
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Tennessee
Titans
Round 4 ‧ Pick 14
40 Yard Dash
4.48u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
14
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
37.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
123.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
6.81
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.1
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
11.59
Seconds
 

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Hooker was a finalist for Minnesota's Mr. Football Award in 2015 as well as a three-time all-state pick for his play as a defensive back and on offense. He played in all 13 games, making four tackles as a true freshman, primarily on special teams. Hooker got into the defensive lineup during his sophomore season, starting at free or strong safety six times and posting 56 tackles, two interceptions and four pass breakups in 10 contests (missed three due to a bruised knee). Iowa coaches created a new safety/linebacker hybrid position in their defense for Hooker in 2018. The result of the move was him earning the Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year award after racking up 65 tackles, 3.5 for loss, four interceptions, seven pass breakups and a safety in 13 starts.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 3-4
NFL Comparison
Deon Grant
Overview
Hybrid safety with an advanced feel for play design and recognition of where the ball is going and how to play it. He could thrive in a "robber" role or as a big nickel where he can match up against pass-catching tight ends. He's not twitchy, fast or fluid and has some limitations in man coverage; however, he has the size, instincts and ball skills to become a plus starter, but needs to find his perfect scheme fit.
Strengths
  • NFL frame with size, length and muscular build
  • Slid perfectly into "star" position as hybrid talent after Wisconsin game
  • Adequate physicality in run support
  • Mirrors runner downhill with thump to help end run
  • Generally efficient run support angles
  • Sees field like a point guard and lines up defense
  • Size and cover talent to match in-line or match up against tight ends
  • Rare instincts and awareness from short zone
  • Overlaps to make plays on the ball
  • Above average pattern recognition and ball skills
  • Length and leaping take it away from under the route
  • Hands are soft and sure
  • Traits to be core cover talent on special teams
Weaknesses
  • Lacks desired range and athletic ability to handle single-high
  • Won't gain much ground with tight pedal
  • Average athletic traits for deep zone
  • Takes time to unwind hips in deep cover transition
  • Recovery speed and athleticism are lacking
  • Average acceleration when changing direction
  • Takes a bite of the cheese against play-action
  • Vulnerable to big plays when undercutting routes
  • Needs more consistent toughness as NFL tackler
  • Less shoulder tackles and more wrap-ups in pros
Sources Tell Us

"Eyes, instincts, I love all of that. He's not fast but you can scheme around it and he's going to cover up some of it with how he sees the game. If you ask him to be an athlete, it could come back to bite you." - AFC defensive backs coach

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league