Some players can simply absorb hits while others cannot endure the trauma. Frank Gore suffered his first and only concussion at age 30. He played the following week without incident. Gore often leads with his helmet so it seems quite amazing but in reality he is built for it, many are not.
Unfortunately we plateaued after a record 9 game turnaround because subsequent drafts failed to register any substantial difference makers until last season when it was painfully obvious we needed to draft offensive lineman across the board. The last couple of disappointing seasons were just a culmination of decisions made during our plateau.
I do expect a rebound this season as Luck's line will have more chemistry and the D will be at a minimum competent. 10-11 wins is not out of the question if we can protect the lead.
Malik has the 3rd highest grade for a defensive prospect on NFL.com behind Garrett and Thomas.
Sure the hip injury and lack of experience are concerning but his ceiling is so high that it's worth the risk.