Home » Sports » Football » Football: Malik Hooker declares for NFL draft

Football: Malik Hooker declares for NFL draft

OSU redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker (24) returns an interception during the second half of the Buckeyes game against Nebraska on Nov. 5. The Buckeyes won 62-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo Editor

Although​ ​Ohio​ ​State​ ​redshirt​ ​sophomore​ ​safety​ ​Malik​ ​Hooker​ ​made​ ​a​ ​statement​ ​this​ ​season​ ​he 
would​ ​be​ ​staying​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Buckeyes​ ​for​ ​at​ ​least​ ​another​ ​season,​ ​it​ ​now​ ​appears​ ​as​ ​though​ ​the 
All-Big​ ​Ten​ ​selection​ ​has​ ​had​ ​a​ ​change​ ​of​ ​heart,​ ​deciding​ ​to​ ​forgo​ ​his​ ​final​ ​two​ ​years​ ​of​ ​college 
eligibility. 
 
On​ ​Monday,​ ​Hooker​ ​took​ ​to​ ​Twitter​ ​to​ ​reverse​ ​his​ ​previous​ ​statement,​ ​thanking​ ​Buckeye​ ​Nation for​ ​his​ ​time​ ​with​ ​OSU.  
 
“I​ ​can’t​ ​thank​ ​my​ ​OSU​ ​family​ ​enough​ ​for​ ​taking​ ​in​ ​a​ ​small​ ​town​ ​kid​ ​like​ ​myself​ ​and​ ​allowing​ ​me 
to​ ​grown​ ​into​ ​a​ ​man,”​ ​Hooker​ ​said​ ​in​ ​the​ ​statement. 
 
Although​ ​many​ ​draft​ ​eligible​ ​players​ ​from​ ​the​ ​Buckeyes​ ​refrained​ ​from​ ​making​ ​any​ ​statements​ ​on their​ ​draft​ ​intentions​ ​following​ ​OSU’s​ ​31-0​ ​loss,​ ​Hooker’s​ ​change​ ​of​ ​heart​ ​comes​ ​less​ ​than​ ​two days​ ​after​ ​Urban​ ​Meyer​ ​and​ ​company​ ​were​ ​shutout​ ​in​ ​the​ ​College​ ​Football​ ​Playoff​ ​semifinal. 
 
Hooker​ ​could​ ​draw​ ​major​ ​attention​ ​from​ ​teams​ ​needing​ ​safety​ ​help,​ ​after​ ​the​ ​Pennsylvania​ ​native drew​ ​comparisons​ ​to​ ​NFL​ ​greats​ ​Sean​ ​Taylor​ ​and​ ​Ed​ ​Reed.​ ​The​ ​Reed​ ​comparison,​ ​which​ ​came from​ ​OSU​ ​co-defensive​ ​coordinator​ ​Greg​ ​Schiano​ ​after​ ​Hooker​ ​returned​ ​three​ ​of​ ​his​ ​six interceptions​ ​for​ ​touchdowns before picking up another pick on Saturday.
 
Against​ ​Clemson,​ ​Hooker​ ​was​ ​a​ ​bright​ ​spot​ ​in​ ​a​ ​disappointing​ ​team​ ​performance.​ ​​ ​He​ ​finished the game​ ​with​ ​seven​ ​tackles,​ ​a​ ​half​ ​tackle​ ​for​ ​loss,​ ​and​ ​a​ ​highlight​ ​reel​ ​interception​ ​in​ ​the​ ​endzone.  
 
The​ ​2017​ ​NFL​ ​draft​ ​is​ ​scheduled​ ​for​ ​April​ ​27​ ​in​ ​Philadelphia.

 

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.