Draft Profile: BioMarcus Hooker attended New Castle High School and was rated a 3 star prospect by 247 Sports with a scout's rating of 0.870, going unranked by ESPN Following high school, Hooker opted to join Ohio State.
In 2019 as a freshman Hooker saw action in 7 games and played on a total of 82 snaps for the Buckeyes. He recorded 3 tackles, one assist, while adding one stop. In coverage Hooker notched up no pass break ups, no interceptions, and a QB rating when targetted of 56.3.
As a sophomore for the Buckeyes in 2020 Hooker played in 5 games and took part on 285 snaps for the Buckeyes. He made 14 tackles, one assist, and had 2 stops. In coverage Hooker totaled 2 pass break ups, one interception, and a QB rating when targetted of 116.7.
In 2021 as a junior Hooker played in 3 games and contributed on 39 snaps. He chalked up 3 tackles, no assists, and added no stops. In the secondary Hooker forced no pass break ups, no interceptions, and gave up a QB rating when targetted of 39.6.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Good instincts and anticipation reads and reacts with discipline. Dangerous with the ball in his hands.
- Aware in the red zone, stays on the back line to take away fade throws. Capable of making quarterbacks pay for late throws.
- Tough and scrappy with forceful nature to be physical at all levels of the field. Has good bulk on his frame to be aggressive in run support.
- Quicker than he is fast but has a burst to close in zone coverage and plays physical at the line in man.
- Closes to the ball quite well and possesses the hands to snatch throws away from his frame.
- Good strength to tackle. Plays with high energy and is a tough-minded overachiever.
- Transitions well from coverage to close on the ball. Strong hands, quick reactions for the interceptions.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Inconsistent getting off of blocks. Can be a step slow to react when a quarterback comes back to his side of the field late in progression.
- Will slip off tackles and needs to finish more consistently.
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