Inside The Film Room: Malik Hooker

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Improving the defense was the goal of the Indianapolis Colts in the 2017 draft. The Colts took six defensive picks, with their first pick being Malik Hooker out of Ohio State. Hooker is a special prospect and many scouts and analysts saw him as a top ten pick. He displays range on tape that reminds you of Ed Reed, which you think is a crazy comparison, but when you put his Ohio State tape on you see it right away. The speed he covers sideline to sideline as a free safety is very special, and we saw our first glimpses on Sunday.

My favorite play he made on Sunday was not his interception, but the play he made against Jaron Brown on the previous drive. The Colts are in Cover 4 or Quarters. The Cards are running a variation of the Yankee Concept, which is usually a dig and deep post off play action. This usually puts the free safety in a bind to make a decision whether to come up for the dig or to stay back on the deep post. Brown is running the deep post with Ifeanyi Momah running the dig. After the snap, Hooker comes up slightly just enough for the deep post to free up for Palmer and he takes the shot. Hooker turns around, shows some serious closing speed, and breaks up the passing play. You can see exactly what makes Hooker special.

The interception was just as pretty. Here we see the Colts in Cover 1 with Hooker playing the single high safety on the play. Carson Palmer really telegraphs this pass post snap, Hooker sees this and is already turning his hips towards J.J. Nelson who’s running the go route. Hooker gets help from the pass rush on this play, but the crazy thing is, Hooker is waiting for the floating pass already as if he is catching a punt. His speed sideline to sideline is ridiculous and is on full display here.

Malik Hooker is going to be an All-Pro one day. It is obvious on tape from his performances in Week 1 and Week 2. With Quincy Wilson showing promise as well through two games, this could be a special secondary for years to come. Andrew Luck is going to be a happy man.

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I am the Blue HQ media Film room and draft analyst. I also come with training from ex-pro scout Dan Hatman and the scouting academy. I contribute to Blue HQ Media with a vast knowledge of football and the complexity of the positions. I am also a former hip-hop artist and a lover of 70’s soul music.