Amani Hooker, S, Iowa #27

5112, 210, 4.58


Notes: From Minneapolis, MN. Played in 4 games playing mostly on special teams, posted 4 tackles in 2016. Saw action in 8 games, had 56 tackles, 2 interceptions (for 30 yards and 1 touchdown) and 2 pass breakups in 2017. Started all 13 games at strong safety, recorded 65 tackles, 3.5 tackles-for-loss, 1 sack, 4 INT and 7 PBU in 2018.

Positives: Smart and instinctive with great anticipation. Terrific football IQ. Smooth in transition with few false steps. Seldom out of position. Quick and agile. Reads the eyes of the quarterback well. Good ball skills and hands for the interception. Very effective in zone coverage. Above-average range. Can come up and support against the run. Has a knack for sifting his way through blockers to blow things up. Good open-field tackler. Will hit. Can blitz off the edge.

Negatives: Lacks outstanding burst or top-end long speed. Has some limitations in man-to-man coverage.

Summary: Solid all-around player with good feel on pass defense, but can also come up and play in the box and make plays.

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