Hooker's "good tape" is amazingly good. His "bad tape" is concerning. Maybe some of the tackling woes were a result of his being banged up. Time will tell.
I'm starting to feel less disappointed. In the moments after the pick, I think I was guilty of dwelling too much on what the Colts could've have, as opposed to what they got.
From what I've seen, I wouldn't say that Hooker is "fantastic" in coverage. He does, however, appear to have fantastic ball skills, closing speed, and unteachable, borderline freakish, body control.
In reality, the only similarities between Green and Hooker are inexperience at the Safety position. Hooker's ability to make plays on the ball is light years beyond Green's.
Your posts convinced me to do a Hooker deep dive tonight. Er, what I mean is, I did quite a bit of reading on Malik. He seems like a good kid, first and foremost.
I genuinely hope he turns out to be a stud. If he gets good coaching, it would appear that the sky is the limit.
It seems that the praise for Malik's skill set is ubiquitous, unless your last name happens to be Gruden (the same guy who thought DJ Smith was going to be a Hall of Famer)