Colts’ Rookie Review – Malik Hooker

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Jul 30, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts safety Malik Hooker (29) goes through pass catching drills during Indianapolis Colts Training Camp at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 30, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts safety Malik Hooker (29) goes through pass catching drills during Indianapolis Colts Training Camp at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Malik Hooker has shown that he has what it takes to be a key player at the college level. Will that translate to the NFL? That remains to be seen; however, his character and successes as a college player give those of us in Colts Nation hope.

Hooker played college football at Ohio State and was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts as the 15th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. While at Ohio State, Hooker started 13 games out of 26 at the position of safety. His success playing college ball helped his team go on to win the 2015 Fiesta Bowl.


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After four weeks, the early signs from Colts training camp is that Hooker is showing promise. Both defensive and offensive coaches have reported that the effort he is displaying on the field in the red zone workouts are showing his ability to improve the Colts’ safety position. Those who have watched his play over the past few weeks have noticed the same level of productivity on the field requiring less effort than his peers. Hooker’s ability to cover a large area of the field could be exactly what the Colts defense needs to turn a game around quickly in their favor.

As a long time fan of the Colts, I can only hope that Malik will have a long-term positive impact on a team that hopes one day to return to the Super Bowl and bring back the Lombardi Trophy to Indy.

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