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49ers: Will John Lynch regret passing up on Malik Hooker?

October 4, 2017

As I watching the Indianapolis Colts and Seattle Seahawks last night, there was one thing that became blatantly obvious in the game: S Malik Hooker is an absolute stud.

 

Although the interception Hooker caught on Sunday was off of a tip, he always seems to be around the ball and has a nose for getting turnovers. Through three games, Hooker has three interceptions, which is tied for the lead in the NFL.

 

Hooker was known to be a ball-hawk at Ohio State and in his 16 combined starts between the NFL and college, the safety has 10 interceptions.

 

It was widely known that I pounded the table for Hooker pre-draft. The one player that I was shaky on was Solomon Thomas and guess what the 49ers did? Go and draft the Stanford defensive end. 

 

I loved the idea of letting Hooker be a center-field safety and letting S Eric Reid play in the box. That would allow DB Jimmie Ward to be a cornerback and DB Jaquiski Tartt to play the money linebacker role. 

 

Through four weeks, Solomon Thomas 12 tackles and racked up his first sack on Sunday against the Cardinals. He hasn't flashed on the screen yet and as the No. 3 overall pick, I would've hoped for bigger things out of Thomas, but time will tell what kind of player he develops to be.

 

One thing I know is that Hooker is going to be the best defender on the Colts for a long time and he's already showing that he was the second-biggest steal of the NFL Draft -- behind Reuben Foster of course.

 

The jury is out on Thomas, so it'll be interesting to see how that develops. John Lynch has been getting boatloads of credit, but as I said Sunday night on Twitter, I'll be the first to knock him if Hooker develops and Thomas fails.

 

The 49ers have a lot invested in the defensive line, so Thomas better starting paying dividends, otherwise it's a draft selection that could haunt Lynch.

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