Amani Hooker

S, Iowa

  • Conf Big Ten
  • Jersey #27
  • Class Junior
  • HT 6'0"
  • DOB --
  • WT 210 lbs
ANALYST'S REPORTS

Crabbs

Ledyard

Marino

    Coverage Spacing -Hard not to fall for his transitions, ability to overlap routes from his responsibility are top shelf. Shows really natural segues and ability to drop off as he feels another route developing into his space. Natural to mirror the eyes of the QB.

    Acceleration -Lacks high end initial burst. His top speed is perfectly fine but not sold on explosiveness to play true single high free safety. Limitations may hold him to Cover 2 and shallow zones but he excels in those areas anyway...scheme fit needs to be there.

    Tackling -Doesn't showcase a prominent wingspan as a tackler so ball carriers who can test his tackle balance may slip past him on occasion. When he's flush, he's money. When targets are stationary, he's money. Brings the feet through contact to finish strong.

    Zone Coverage Skills -Is within his element within 20 yards of the LOS. Confident in ability to pass off route stems but also quick to identify teammates in a bind and hold his water a little longer. Quick and nimble in between zones and shows wonderful anticipation.

    Ball Skills -Ball hawk. Peripheral vision allows for the minor adjustments on the fly to feel routes developing and begin his creep into the catch point, which helps boost impact and marginalize his lack of a true elite explosive first step.

    Competitive Toughness -Has notable influence in the box, especially when playing vs. outside run/check downs and screen passes. Violent hands and aggressive charge reset blockers and he plays through contact well. Like his functional strength as a wrap up tackler.

    Flexibility -Doesn't show a lot of pronounced flip in his hips to carry route stems, but he's always in control and foot speed helps allow him to hit landmarks with ease. Doesn't fly open when transitioning like you see from more dynamic athletes at the position.

    Feet/Change of Direction -Methodical step frequency, always balanced, controlled and precise. Love his transitions due to footwork, draws the most out of his athletic skill set and allows him to snooker opposing QBs in zone coverage with how he drops off his trajectory to sink and steal a pass.

    Man Coverage Skills -Was tasked with playing a lot of press man on the goal line (NIU/ISU/MISS ST) and shows desirable patience to stay square and disrupt the release. Hasn't been asked to play a lot of turn and run but physical skill set suggests marginal returns there.

    Versatility -Impact zone coverage defender with value in the run game to get into the LOS. Marginal man cover skills in the red area. Not necessarily a universal prospect, press man teams that prefer Cover-1 may be further down on him but an admirable fit for C-2 and C-3 heavy teams.




    BEST TRAIT - Zone Coverage Skills

    WORST TRAIT - Deep Range

    BEST FILM - Northern Illinois (2018)

    WORST FILM - Iowa State (2018)

    RED FLAGS - None

    Amani Hooker projects favorably as a modern age Strong Safety. While Hooker lacks the initial burst and range to play in single high, he's strong in Cover-2 and in shallow zones thanks to terrific football IQ, clean footwork for sudden transitions and good ball skills. Effective block shedding from the slot to blow up screens and impact the run. Hooker should be a starter who can be a true asset both vs. the run and pass. Should transition quickly thanks to football IQ.