Malik Hooker

Malik Hooker
Hooker in 2017
No. 29 – Indianapolis Colts
Position: Safety
Personal information
Born: (1996-04-02) April 2, 1996
New Castle, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 212 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school: New Castle
(New Castle, Pennsylvania)
College: Ohio State
NFL Draft: 2017 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2017
Total tackles: 22
Pass deflections: 4
Interceptions: 3
Player stats at

Malik Hooker (born April 2, 1996) is an American football safety for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Ohio State and was drafted by the Colts with the 15th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. While at Ohio State, Hooker was named a First Team All-American and won the 2015 CFP national championship.

Early years

Hooker attended New Castle High School in New Castle, Pennsylvania. He played basketball and two years of football in high school as a cornerback and wide receiver.[1] As a senior, he was the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Male Athlete of the Year.[2]

College career

After redshirting his first year at Ohio State in 2014, Hooker played in all 13 games in 2015, recording 10 tackles playing mostly special teams. As a redshirt sophomore in 2016, he took over at free safety.[3][4] During the first game of the season, he recorded his first two career interceptions.[5][6] On November 29, 2016, Hooker was name First Team All-Big Ten.[7] After the season, Hooker decided to forgo the remaining two years of eligibility and enter the 2017 NFL Draft.[8] After his college career, it was revealed that Hooker underwent surgeries for a torn labrum in his hip and a sports hernia. As a result, Hooker could not participate in the combine.[9]

Professional career

In February 2017, Hooker went through two surgeries to repair a hernia and a torn labrum. He attended the NFL Scouting Combine, but was unable to participate in any of the drills. 122 NFL scouts and representatives attended Ohio State's Pro Day and met with multiple head coaches, including Bill Belichick (Patriots), Todd Bowles (Jets), Jim Caldwell (Lions), John Harbaugh (Ravens), Hue Jackson (Browns), Marvin Lewis (Bengals), Mike Mularkey (Titans), Sean Payton (Saints), and Mike Tomlin (Steelers). Hooker was projected to be a top 15 pick by NFL draft experts and analysts.[10] He was ranked the top free safety in the draft by and was ranked the second best safety in the draft, behind Jamal Adams, by Sports Illustrated, ESPN, Pro Football Focus, NFL analyst Mike Mayock, and NFL analyst Bucky Brooks.[11][12][13][14][15]

External video
Hooker's NFL Combine Press Conference
Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad
6 ft 1 in
(1.85 m)
206 lb
(93 kg)
32 14 in
(0.82 m)
10 34 in
(0.27 m)
All values from NFL Combine[16]


The Indianapolis Colts selected Hooker in the first round (15th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.[17] He was the second safety selected, behind LSU's Jamal Adams.

External video
Colts select Malik Hooker 15th overall
Hooker received call from Colts

On May 18, 2017, the Indianapolis Colts signed Hooker to a fully guaranteed four-year, $12.59 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $2.29 million.[18]

Hooker missed offseason workouts while recovering from surgery and suffered a groin injury during the first day of training camp. A shoulder injury further stunted his process and he was only able to appear in a single preseason game.[19] Head coach Chuck Pagano named Hooker the backup free safety to begin the regular season behind Darius Butler, who began the season alongside strong safety Matthias Farley.[20]

He made his professional regular season debut in the Indianapolis Colts' season-opener at the Los Angeles Rams and recorded four combined tackles in their 46–9 loss.[21] On September 17, 2017, Hooker earned his first career start in place of Darius Butler, who was inactive after sustaining a hamstring injury in the season-opener.[22] Hooker recorded two combined tackles, deflected a pass, and recorded his first career interception off a pass by quarterback Carson Palmer during their 16–13 overtime loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 2.[23] The following week, he made three combined tackles, broke up a pass, and intercepted a pass by Deshone Kizer in the Colts' 31–28 victory against the Cleveland Browns.[21] In Week 4, Hooker made three combined tackles, a pass deflection, and had another interception off Russell Wilson in their 46–18 loss at the Seattle Seahawks.[21] It marked his third consecutive game with an interception. On October 8, 2017, Hooker collected a season-high five combined tackles during a 26–23 victory against the San Francisco 49ers.[21] In Week 7, Hooker made two solo tackles before leaving the Colts' 27–0 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second quarter after suffering a torn ACL and MCL.[24] On October 24, 2017, the Indianapolis Colts placed Hooker on injured reserve after it was discovered he would require surgery and miss the remainder of the season.[25] He finished his rookie season with 22 combined tackles (16 solo), four pass deflections, and three interceptions in seven games and six starts.[26]


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  2. Male Athlete of the Year: In basketball or football, Malik Hooker was the man
  3. Mike White's Xtra Points: When Malik Hooker wowed Urban Meyer ... in basketball
  4. Is Malik Hooker next to win a starting job? 5 things to know about Ohio State's safety
  5. Tom Archdeacon: Mother, son make quite an impression in OSU opener
  6. Malik Hooker was never actually going to leave Ohio State: The real story of the rising Buckeyes safety
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  9. "Ex-Buckeye Malik Hooker to miss combine after multiple surgeries". ESPN. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
  10. "*Malik Hooker, DS #1 FS, Ohio State". Retrieved May 18, 2017.
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  12. Jeff Legwold (April 22, 2017). "Ranking 2017 Draft's Top 100 Players". Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  13. "Top 32 Prospects of the 2017 NFL Draft". Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  14. Mike Mayock (April 12, 2017). "Mike Mayock's 2017 NFL Draft position rankings 3.0". Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  15. Bucky Brooks (April 25, 2017). "Bucky Brooks' top 5 2017 NFL Draft prospects by position 3.0". Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  16. "NFL Draft Profile: Malik Hooker". Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  17. Bowen, Kevin (April 28, 2017). "Colts Draft Ohio State Safety Malik Hooker In First Round".
  18. " Malik Hooker contract". Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  19. Wells, Mike (September 2, 2017). "Colts first-rounder Malik Hooker heads into season playing catch-up". Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  20. Holder, Stephen (September 7, 2017). "Insider: Breaking down the Colts' depth chart". Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  21. 1 2 3 4 "NFL Player stats: Malik Hooker (2017)". Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  22. Rotowire (September 15, 2017). "Colts' Darius Butler: Will sit on Sunday". Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  23. "Arizona Cardinals at Indianapolis Colts - September 17th, 2017". Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  24. Shook, Nick (October 22, 2017). "Malik Hooker suffers torn MCL, ACL in loss to Jaguars".
  25. "Colts Make Practice Squad Moves; Place Malik Hooker On IR". October 24, 2017.
  26. "NFL Player stats: Malik Hooker (career)". Retrieved April 8, 2018.
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