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Colts sign first-rounder Malik Hooker

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As the Colts undergo an extreme makeover on defense, the guy who could become the centerpiece is now under contract.

The Colts announced that first-round pick Malik Hooker has signed his rookie contract.

Hooker, the safety from Ohio State chosen 15th overall, drew some Ed Reed comparisons during the pre-draft process. And with Colts coach Chuck Pagano’s Baltimore background, that’s going to create some further comparisons.

He had seven interceptions last year, and returned three of them for touchdowns.

But before he can make any plays at the pro level, he’s going to have to get on the field. He’s still recovering from hip and sports hernia surgeries in January, and hasn’t participated in any of the offseason practices yet. They expect him to be ready for training camp.

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7 Responses to “Colts sign first-rounder Malik Hooker”
  1. greg3117 says: May 18, 2017 12:16 PM

    He’ll be just fine. Now comparing him to Ed Reed might be a stretch, but that will give him something to aspire towards.
    BTW, IF I was just drafted, I would have my agent drop that contract in my hand 5 minutes after my name was announced. Can’t screw things up to much with the rookie wage scale, unless you are the Chargers.

  2. irsaysneedle says: May 18, 2017 12:19 PM

    going to be another 8-8 ‘banner year’ in Indy!

  3. terripet says: May 18, 2017 12:40 PM

    Best safety in the league for years too come

  4. bbb82 says: May 18, 2017 2:02 PM

    Nothing like comparing an injured rookie who hasn’t played a single game yet, to a first ballot hall of famer.

  5. tylawspick6 says: May 18, 2017 2:27 PM

    Irsay will mistake Hooker for a real hooker while high on Oxies.

  6. kingphin407 says: May 18, 2017 2:37 PM

    Safe to say his mom’s a hooker too?

  7. polksaladandy says: May 18, 2017 2:42 PM

    Another overrated OSU player. I’d almost feel sorry for the Colts fans being stuck with what can at best be called a barely mediocre franchise. At least Malik has nothing to worry about as we all know that Irsay treats a Hooker better than his old man treated the people of Baltimore.

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