Cowboys would sign Malik Hooker

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The Dallas Cowboys are doing their best to rebuild their horrific defense from last season and are said to be getting closer to another key addition in the safety of free agent Malik Hooker.

Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News provided details of Hooker’s second visit with the Cowboys, and it is almost certain to accept the terms of a contract:

Hooker was the 15th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft in Ohio state, seen as true no-ball peddling safety that could transform the Indianapolis Colts high school. Sadly, injuries were the biggest story in Hooker’s career to date.

The 25-year-old suffered an ACL and MCL tear as a rookie, missed five games over the next two years and only played two games in 2020 with a torn Achilles.

Due to his inability to stay healthy and his inability to live up to his billing plan, Indianapolis declined the fifth-year option on Hooker’s rookie contract. Now he will have a long-awaited second chance with the USA team as Dallas prepares for training camp.

There’s a reason Hooker was held in such high regard as a prospect. Pro Football Focus actually ranked him eighth on his last big draw of 2017, ahead of star NFL defensemen such as Tre’Davious White, Haason Reddick and Marlon Humphrey.

Outside of 2019 sixth-round pick Donovan Wilson, the Cowboys’ safety squad doesn’t look very promising. They switch to a new defensive coordinator in Dan Quinn, whose base Cover 3 plan relies on savvy deep security that thrives in cover.

Hooker’s skills seem to be a good match. Even with his fouls and injury issues, he still has seven interceptions and 11 assists defended in 36 NFL games. In his senior year at Ohio State, Hooker recorded seven INTs and three pick-sixes.

The Dallas defensive backfielder has plenty of young talent between cornerbacks Trevon Diggs and Kelvin Joseph, not to mention another first-round rookie from linebacker Micah Parsons.

Getting a change of scenery and a Cowboys vote of confidence might be what Hooker needs to revitalize his career. He may also help some of Dallas’ young players deal with early expectations and potentially fulfill his previously presumed destiny of an elite cash-generating machine.

For a Dallas defense that finished tied for the fifth least interceptions (10) last season, Hooker is the perfect low-risk, high-reward flyer to take as the team look to rally around the quarterback. -back Dak Prescott and an attack that should be the elite of the NFL.



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