Boom or Bust?

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Malik Hooker was considered a top-ten talent in this draft, and could be a dynamic playmaker for the Colts. That said, there are plenty of concerns about Hooker as he jumps to the next level:

CONSIDERED "RAW"

Hooker exploded in his redshirt sophomore season, earning All-American honors and finishing third in the nation in interceptions in 2016. However, that was his only season as a starter, and just his fourth playing football - he played just two years of high school football and originally pursued basketball.

HEALTH

Hooker will miss the Colts' entire offseason program - OTAs and Training Camp - while he recovers from hip and groin surgery.  Chuck Pagano said that he's not concerned about it, and it obviously didn't dissuade the Colts from selecting him. That said, for a player as raw as Hooker is, missing the entire offseason program in his rookie season certainly isn't a good thing.

TACKLING (or lack thereof)

Any team wants their defensive backs to be solid tacklers, but that's a big hole in Hooker's game. Although he earned praise for his ballhawk skills, Pro Football Focus ranked Hooker just 136th in tackling efficiency last season. He also struggled against the run.

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