New Castle’s Hooker drafted by Indianapolis Colts

Hooker is the 15th local player to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft

New Castle High School grad and former Ohio State standout Malik Hooker was selected #15 overall by the Indianapolis Colts in the 2017 NFL Draft.

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (WKBN) – New Castle High School graduate and former Ohio State standout Malik Hooker was selected #15 overall by the Indianapolis Colts in the 2017 NFL Draft on Thursday.

A standout safety, Hooker is the 15th local player and the first former Red Hurricane in 37 years to be picked in the first round.

Hooker reflected on the moment of receiving the call from the Colts, while watching at a reception with his family in New Castle.

“I mean it said Indiana so I knew it was the Colts. At that time I was just so shocked. Because I never in a million years did I think I would be a top-15 draft pick. And only playing one year of college football. So for me it just so crazy for me,” Hooker said.

In his final season with the Buckeyes, Hooker piled up seven interceptions, three of which he returned for touchdowns — a school record.

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