In his first mock draft for the 2017 NFL Draft, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. has the Redskins taking Ohio State safety Malik Hooker at No. 17-overall.
With a need at safety, ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. thinks the Washington Redskins will look to add 2016 consensus All-American Malik Hooker.
In two seasons at Ohio State, Hooker totaled 84 tackles along with seven interceptions, four passes defensed and three touchdowns.
During his sophomore season in 2016, Hooker finished the year tied for second nationally in interceptions with seven. His three interception returns for touchdown were tied for the most among Division I players along with Western Michigan cornerback Darius Phillips.
In a season opening victory over Bowling Green, Hooker nabbed two interceptions. The next week, the New Castle, Penn., native tallied his first career pick-six, returning an interception 26 yards for a touchdown against Tulsa.
Hooker would also record a pick six against Nebraska (48 yards) and Michigan (16 yards).
In a 24-20 victory over Northwestern, the 6-foot-2, 205 pounder collected a career-high 14 tackles.
Hooker also recorded an interception off Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson in the Fiesta Bowl.
As a freshman in 2015, Hooker appeared in all 13 of the Buckeyes’ games, recording 10 tackles.