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The kid from an hour north of Pittsburgh growing up a Colts fan. It’s not something you hear very often, but that was childhood life for Malik Hooker.
Real life, Malik Hooker was joining the Indianapolis Colts. “I definitely didn’t expect it at all,” Hooker said minutes after the Colts took him with the 15th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
The cement was drying on the 2017 draft board in Indianapolis, but Ballard wanted to bring in another prospect for a top-30 draft visit. Had Mock Drafts caught wind of the Colts hosting Ohio State safety Malik Hooker for a draft visit, they probably would have laughed.
But the immediate reactions are in, and the Colts’ selection of Ohio State safety Malik Hooker as the 15th-overall pick in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft has brought with it an overwhelmingly positive vibe. The due diligence and homework of Ballard paid off when seven offensive players were taken in the top 10 of Thursday’s first round.
We had quite a few inquiries regarding these sorts of questions in Saturday’s mailbag. In short, I have no idea how the Colts will handle the abundance of safeties on the roster. The Colts needed to upgrade their playmaking at safety. Malik Hooker jersey does exactly that. The Colts had eight total interceptions last season in 16 games. Hooker had seven himself in 13 games. Geathers is going to play. He has a presence that you have to have on the field. Maybe this pick means we will see Geathers closer to the line of scrimmage more often. With Butler, the Colts know they have some flexibility, but I still think the veteran voice of his is necessary at the back end of things.
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One thing missing from the Colts last season was playmaking out of the secondary. The Colts ranked 26th in forced turnovers, not creating enough chances for the offense via takeaways. Hooker took three of his seven interceptions back for touchdowns last season. At 6-2 and 205 pounds, Hooker’s ball skills were a major reason why some draft pundits thought he would go in the top-10 of the draft. While Hooker’s tackling is a concern, his coverage ability was a definite strong suit. As Chuck Pagano said, “see ball, get ball” is how the Colts will handle Hooker, offering up an Ed Reed comparison. The Colts will have to wait a bit to see Hooker on the field. Surgery earlier this year for Hooker (hip/groin) will likely keep the first-round pick out of action until Training Camp.
In the weeks (and months) leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft, many pundits agreed that the Indianapolis Colts would pursue a cornerback — they just couldn’t seem to come to a consensus about which prospect would land in Indy.
Florida cornerback Quincy Wilson was the selection at No. 46 overall in Round Two.
So with so much talent on the board at an obvious position of need, the Colts landed on Florida cornerback Quincy Wilson, whom they selected 46th overall.
However much confidence/swagger is needed to play on Sunday’s, new Colts cornerback Quincy Wilson believes he’s got it.
“You got to have the confidence to play this position and I feel like I definitely have that and that’s why I make the plays that I make,” Wilson said after the Colts selected him at No. 46 overall on Friday night.
From a sheer immediate need standpoint, the pick of Wilson was higher on the list than that of Hooker, when talking strictly about 2017 and the state of the current roster.