The Indianapolis Colts added safety Malik Hooker with their first round selection of Thursday night’s NFL Draft. Hooker, fills a ball hawking void in the secondary, where he will compete for playing time at the safety position.
He had seven interceptions last season at Ohio State, three of which were returned for a touchdown.
On Friday night, the Colts had two more draft choices, one in each of the two rounds. With their second round pick, pick No. 46 overall, Indianapolis continued the secondary upgrade theme, as they took cornerback Quincy Wilson.
The 6-1, 213-pound corner, improved in each of his three seasons as a member of the Florida Gators.
As a freshman, Wilson had 22 tackles, 16 of which solo, and one interception. The next season, he improved to 26 tackles, half of those solo, with two interceptions.
This past year, Wilson had 33 tackles, 18 solo, three interceptions, one of which returned for a touchdown, to go along with his first and only sack during his three year journey in Gainesville.
Wilson, was known as a lockdown corner, with opposing quarterbacks only throwing at him 49 times in 2016.
Also, hows this for a stat, Wilson gave up just 57 total catches during his entire career at Florida.
What scouting reports say about him, is that he’s a gambler. He will jam receivers at the line of scrimmage and make plays on the ball.
That’s the scouting report on Hooker. He’s not afraid to gamble to make a play.
In round three, the Colts drafted defensive end Tarell Basham with the 80th pick overall in the 2017 draft. Basham, was the MAC defensive player of the year this past year, with nine sacks and 49 tackles. 14.5 of those 49 tackles were behind the line of scrimmage. He also forced a fumble and recovered it too.
But, he wasn’t just a senior year player. Basham, was stellar all four years at Ohio University.
As a freshman, Basham 7.5 sacks and 31 tackles. Then, as a sophomore, he had 4.5 sacks and 31 tackles. The next season, he had six sacks and 39 tackles.
Overall, he had 27 sacks, 152 tackles and 38.5 tackles for a loss.
The Colts got a very good pass rusher and one that’s capable of dropping into coverage too.
The Colts have players that they’re after, and it’s clear through the first three picks of new general manager Chris Ballard’s first NFL Draft at the helm.