Browns high on Malik Hooker, set to host him

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Chances are, if the Browns retain their No. 1 overall pick, it will be used on Myles Garrett.

But the former Texas A&M edge rusher isn’t the only defensive prospect on whom the franchise appears high.

Malik Hooker, the dynamic safety from Ohio State, will visit the Browns’ facility on Friday, he told ESPN 850 WKNR in Cleveland. There reportedly is serious interest in his quick visit becoming a long-lasting one; however, it seems unlikely Hooker would be the choice over Garrett at No. 1 or available when Cleveland is on the clock again at No. 12.

That leaves a first-round trade, back or up, as the best scenario in which Hooker becomes a Brown.

According to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, the Browns are “considering him in the first round of the draft. They’ve spent a lot of time on him and have expressed as much interest as any team in the league,” Cabot reported, citing sources.

While Hooker will visit the Browns, he won’t appear at the NFL Draft.

He has declined the league’s invitation to attend the Philadelphia event, he told PFT Live on Thursday.

19 responses to “Browns high on Malik Hooker, set to host him

  1. Hope they take Garrett #1. Then somehow move up enough to get either Hooker, or the Ohio state cb, slated to go in the top 10 or the Alabama linebacker also a top 10 pick. That would be awesome! Take a qb or tight end in the 2nd or 3rd round. My idea being they upgraded the offensive line, get the defense some players who can help immediately. Then go for Qb , or some receivers. Then draft for depth, linemen and or linebackers can never have enough of these guys. With the 3 qbs on the team now and with a newly drafted qb or two the competition could be fierce. Who knows maybe they can develop a sound NFL QB. If not there is next year. Call me optimistic but i believe they get the draft right Browns are looking at 5 or 6 wins in the upcoming season. Much better than 1 and 15.

  2. leftylewee says:
    Mar 30, 2017 4:53 PM
    Hope they take Garrett #1. Then somehow move up enough to get either Hooker, or the Ohio state cb, slated to go in the top 10 or the Alabama linebacker also a top 10 pick. That would be awesome! Take a qb or tight end in the 2nd or 3rd round.
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    53 players on an active roster. The Patriots’ success for example, is due in large part to acquiring talent across the entire roster rather than to consolidate draft capital. Tough not to take Garrett at #1, but this team really could benefit from using all of those picks instead of trying to move up.

  3. Garett and foster. So many dbs in this draft, some are bound to fall to 2nd and 3rd. Garett and foster will terrorize this league for years, why not do it for the same team. People forget the browns already have a few decent linemen and Collins and kirksey on the outside. That’s a pretty darn good, and young, front 7 on paper at least.

  4. Id normally agree with above poster that you should take as many shots as you can, but the Browns are so rich in draft picks that they can afford to move up and still have ample quantity to build out a roster. Its what they get from going from 2 to 15 last year. They can send 12 overall, a 2nd, and a 3rd to get number 4 or 5 and still be awash in picks over the next 2 years.

  5. I could see them trading up from 12 if they really want him. Might cost at least #12, a 2nd this year and a 2nd next year to move up. Maybe more.
    Given their strategy of amassing picks and needs though, I think they’re better off staying put.

  6. Bears will take 12, 33 and a late rounder for 3. Win-win for Bears/Browns.

    SF could take him though. They don’t need another first round d lineman.

  7. I hope they do a bad deal to give up their #12 for Sherman with Seattle. Then they con some unwitting team to jump back to #11 ahead of Seattle………forcing Seattle to give up draft picks to move up to #11. Allowing them to get Deshaun Watson at #12, who they wanted the entire time.

    Where is Kevin Costner when you need him?

  8. it would be so awesome if my browns could trade up for another pick in the first round and end up with garett hooker and jabril peppers I’d give them a A plus. with all the picks stock piled next year why not use them to take advantage of the talent THIS year

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