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 a total of 82 snaps at Safety for the Buckeyes. He recorded only 3 tackles, one assist, while adding one stop. In coverage Hooker notched up no pass break ups, no interceptions, and a very good QB rating when targetted of 56.3.
As a sophomore in 2020 he played in 5 games and logged 285 snaps for the Buckeyes. He made 14 tackles, one assist, and had 2 stops. In coverage he totaled 2 pass break ups, one interception, and an unimpressive QB rating when targetted of 116.7.
In 2021 as a junior Hooker played in just 3 games and contributed on 39 snaps. He chalked up only 3 tackles, no assists, and added no stops. In the secondary Hooker forced no pass break ups, no interceptions, and gave up an outstanding QB rating when targetted of 39.6.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- He’s physical at the line of scrimmage, showing unexpected power in his hands.
- Good speed in pursuit with the chase skills to track down the ballcarrier.
- Great on route recognition and has click-and-close ability
- 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.
- Strong hands to make plays on the ball, effective blitzer who shows well-coached technique and awareness.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Tends to play conservatively and give too much cushion when playing off.
- He’ll draw plenty of flags early on with his playing style. Hooker is hesitant when facing the action in zone coverage.
- Has tense ankles and hips with choppy footwork when attempting to redirect and doesn't always look natural changing directions.
- Hooker gets beat over the top too often, and Hooker tends to panic and get too handsy when running downfield.
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