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Malik Hooker declined invitation to attend the draft

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One of the most intriguing prospects in the upcoming draft is Ohio State safety Malik Hooker. But you won’t be seeing him at the upcoming draft.

Appearing on Thursday’s PFT Live, Hooker said he’s been invited to attend the draft in Philadelphia, but that he has decided to instead watch the draft with family and friends.

A slightly more important decision for Hooker came several years ago, when he opted for football over basketball, which he could have played at a Division I level. For more from Hooker, who has been unable to work out for scouts due to a pair of offseason surgeries but who nevertheless remains a possible top-10 prospect, check out the video.

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15 Responses to “Malik Hooker declined invitation to attend the draft”
  1. scoocha says: Mar 30, 2017 11:44 AM

    Most likely will turn out to be another Luckeye bust. Stay away, success is all scheme oriented.

  2. THX 138 says: Mar 30, 2017 11:54 AM

    Damaged goods, Pass.

  3. twelvehundred says: Mar 30, 2017 11:57 AM

    Like Bosa?

  4. donbat67 says: Mar 30, 2017 12:01 PM

    You don’t want to be that guy sitting there too long .

  5. clayjtitan66 says: Mar 30, 2017 12:03 PM

    Boycott the draft at least until Goodell has been replaced.

  6. whenwilliteverend says: Mar 30, 2017 12:13 PM

    scoocha says:
    Mar 30, 2017 11:44 AM
    Most likely will turn out to be another Luckeye bust. Stay away, success is all scheme oriented.

    Yeah, like Bosa and Elliott last year.

  7. whenwilliteverend says: Mar 30, 2017 12:16 PM

    Why would anyone really want to go to the draft unless they love all the attention? Besides, he had those two surgeries so staying home seems like a reasonable thing to do.

    The bigger question is how well has he recovered from those surgeries? He’s an exceptional athlete (Division I ability in both football and basketball) but you never know how injuries will affect that. I’ve seen mock drafts with him going as high as #5. I can’t see him lasting into the second round unless something comes out about his health.

  8. grumpysal says: Mar 30, 2017 12:20 PM

    I love these guys who use the “scheme guy” as a negative. Do you realize that every single team has a scheme? They need to find guys who fit well into what they’re trying to do.

    As an example, the Pats do very well finding the right players to fit into what they want to do. On the other hand, there’s Cleveland, who pick the “best on the board” guys regardless of fit and wonder why they suck for them, but when leave become decent players elsewhere.

  9. rutchaser says: Mar 30, 2017 12:34 PM

    This guy is the real deal. I’d be all over him in the draft if I were an owner.

  10. pau49ers says: Mar 30, 2017 12:54 PM

    If it was me, which it’s not, haha. I would want to stay in the comfort of home and watch it with friends and family.

  11. tremoluxman says: Mar 30, 2017 12:58 PM

    Medical problems and possible ‘iffy’ commitment to football? Hmmmm.

  12. greeksensation says: Mar 30, 2017 1:01 PM

    grumpysal says:
    Mar 30, 2017 12:20 PM
    I love these guys who use the “scheme guy” as a negative. Do you realize that every single team has a scheme? They need to find guys who fit well into what they’re trying to do.

    As an example, the Pats do very well finding the right players to fit into what they want to do. On the other hand, there’s Cleveland, who pick the “best on the board” guys regardless of fit and wonder why they suck for them, but when leave become decent players elsewhere.
    ————
    Woah, slow your roll there gods. While I’d never question Bill’s ability to coach and more importantly game plan, his track record in the draft isn’t any better than average.

    Dowling, Chad Jackson, Brace, Wheatley, Cunningham, Meriwether, Maroney, KlennBethel Johnson, Tate, Butler…. Should I continue?!?! And those are all 1st and 2nd rounders. The difference is must teams aren’t trotting out the GOAT to cover his drafting inability. Oh and in case you didn’t know, he didn’t draft him either. Watch the stone throwing.

  13. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 30, 2017 1:08 PM

    Good move on his part.

    If he got drafted high great, but coming off surgeries its more likely he will fall a lot lower than he’s hoping and then on every pick taken before him he gets shown and has to try and keep a happy face going instead of a Brady Quinn meltdown face.

  14. breadmeatcheese says: Mar 30, 2017 1:28 PM

    good, if the nfl wants them there, pay them for their time instead of exploiting them like their colleges did.

  15. mackcarrington says: Mar 30, 2017 2:35 PM

    The televised portion of the draft is just a dog and pony show for the league, and the players don’t get paid for their time being there. The players who do go end up looking like fools bear hugging Roger Goodell, who at some point later will be fining or suspending them for something.

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