Tale of the Tape: Colts Rookie Safety Malik Hooker – Indianapolis Colts News

Tale of the Tape: Colts Rookie Safety Malik Hooker – Indianapolis Colts News

No draft pick since Andrew Luck has been as exciting as Malik Hooker for the Colts. He was viewed as a steal when he fell to them at pick 15 for those of us who have long wanted to see a safety who can lock down the back end of the defense and be an opportunistic ball hawk. That is exactly the potential that Hooker affords, but like any rookie, he is going to have to develop.

There will be plenty of chance to do that, and he’ll get the opportunity to learn on the field because the Colts need him to have an impact sooner rather than later. The lackluster defense, as well as a rash of injuries, has forced him into a critical role right from the jump. Let’s take a look at some of Hooker’s snaps from week one and see how he looks, as well as if we can get any indication of what he could be.


On this first play, we see Hooker in as the deep safety on 2nd and 10 from the Colts 39. You can see Hooker has his eyes in the backfield and begins moving in the direction of the ball even before Goff releases it. Goff hits Watkins on about a 6-yard curl and Melvin does a good job stopping him, but it is nice to see Hooker come up and finish the play, as well as how quickly he closes the distance.


Here it is 2nd and 7, the Rams run Gurley up the middle and fake the end around to Tavon Austin. Given what Austin did to them back in 2013 and his big play ability, it isn’t surprising to see Hooker bite on that fake. He quickly gets back in position but the front 7 does a good job shutting down Gurley before he really gets going.


On another 2nd and 10, the Rams actually run the end around with Tavon Austin. Here there is a bit…

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