Malik Hooker’s off-season surgeries are disappointing, but shouldn’t impact his draft status too bad.
He’s still the second-best safety in this class and the Chargers will be elated to add him to their defense along with recently re-signed Jahleel Addae and veteran Dwight Lowery.
Most of Hooker’s highlight plays while at Ohio State consisted of interceptions with multiple impressive returns following.
This has caused the versatile player to be tagged as a pure cover safety, which simply isn’t true.
Hooker plays to the ball, simple as that.
If it’s a run, you can count on him to diagnose the play and come downhill with full force.
When in coverage, he knows how to play center field and can play the ball in the air better than some receivers can.
The Chargers’ last first-round pick in San Diego was a Buckeye, why not make their first in Los Angeles one as well?
They’ll be happy with both for a very long time.