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NFL Draft Prep – Malik Hooker vs Jamal Adams

NFL Draft Prep – Malik Hooker vs Jamal Adams
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Leading up to the NFL Draft many teams will continue their evaluation process on prospects while altering their draft boards in preparation for Draft day. CPGM will provide you a breakdown of two prospects matched against each other with similar draft projections to get you prepped for this year’s draft. Voting option below for your input on who you think the better prospect is.

The Matchup: We have two heavyweights in this matchup with two different styles of play. We haven’t seen this combination of game changing safeties come out together in the same draft since Eric Berry and Earl Thomas. Hooker is the Thomas like safety with exceptional range. What Hooker lacks in tenacity he makes up with ball skills we haven’t seen since Ed Reed. Hooker will need to prove he can stay healthy at the next level in order to have the impact of the great safeties we are comparing him too. At the other end of the spectrum we have the alpha dog himself, Adams. He is a “true grit” ball player with amazing leadership who can be an interchangeable piece on your defense. Nastiness and always around the ball is Adams’ game. If he can also affect the game with an improved playmaking capability on the ball then he can be an All-Pro for many years to come.

Malik Hooker

CPGM Headley’s Take: This matchup comes down to preference as both safeties are extremely talented and deserving of a Top 10 pick in the NFL draft. Think about that for a second, two top 10 safeties for a position that hasn’t produced high draft picks over the last five years. In 2011 and 2015 there were no safeties drafted in the first round. The last time we saw safety talent like this was in 2010, the year Eric Berry and Earl Thomas was drafted. Speaking of those two all-pro safeties in 2010, Jamal Adams and Malik Hooker have a lot of similarities to those guys and can be all-pros in their own right at the next level. Although Hooker and Adams are both dynamic defensive backs, their style of play on how they impact the game could not be more different. Hooker is more the Earl Thomas type safety who is a prototypical center fielder with elite ball skills and instincts while Adams is the Kam Chancellor style player who comes down in the box and intimidates offensive players with his physicality. It will be all about preference for the team that drafts them but I will side with Hooker as instincts and ball skills are a rare commodity in the NFL.

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CPGM Drew’s Take: Most teams have safeties that are interchangeable, maybe one is slightly better than the other at in the box play vs range play or visa versa. Hooker offers a skill set that doesn’t come around often enough in the NFL. Sideline-to-side line tracking the ball in the air Ed Reed/Earl Thomas like. He can erase mistakes made by your defense. How’d the Seahawks defense look when Earl Thomas was out? I love both of these prospects but my #1 player at the safety positions is Jamal Adams. Adams offers not quite the range that Hooker has but can play both the FS and SS as well as the nickel spot and all at an exceptional level. Oh! He can blitz and plays with the violence and mentality of an alpha dog changing the mindset of those within the pack (defense). This is versatility vs range.

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NFL Comparison: Malik Hooker – Ed Reed; Jamal Adams – Darren Woodson

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