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Malik Hooker Selected By Indianapolis Colts In First Round Of 2017 NFL Draft

Former Ohio State safety Malik Hooker is off the board.


Ohio State safety Malik Hooker has been selected with the 15th pick of the first round by the Indianapolis Colts, making him the second Buckeye off the board in the 2017 NFL Draft. 

Hooker, much like teammate and 11th overall pick Marshon Lattimore, exploded onto the scene for Ohio State in 2016 after two years of not seeing much playing time. Hooker came to Columbus as a member of the 2014 recruiting class, but ended up redshirting during the Buckeyes title season. 

After playing mostly special teams in 2015, Hooker became one of the best safeties in the country in 2016. He tied for second in the country in interceptions with seven and returned three of them for touchdowns. He also was third on the Buckeye defense in tackles with 74 including 5.5 for loss as he earned first team All-American and first team All-Big Ten honors during his only season as a starter. 

Hooker did not participate in the NFL Combine after undergoing surgery to repair labrum and hernia injuries following Ohio State's 2016-17 season. 

Hooker joins former Ohio State players Jack Mewhort and John Simon in Indianapolis. Hooker is likely a replacement for former Colts safety Mike Adams, who signed a two-year deal with the Carolina Panthers in March. 


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