S Amani Hooker
Final rookie grade: C-
The Tennessee Titans traded up during the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft in order to take the extremely talented safety from the University of Iowa, Amani Hooker. It was a surprise to many that Hooker even made it to the fourth round and Titans general manager Jon Robinson jumped at the opportunity to pick up a talent like Hooker that late in the draft.
The former Iowa star safety often made an impact on special teams, which is where the majority of his playing time came from. He also earned himself a role in the team’s big nickel package on defense in which the team brought in an extra safety.
Hooker may not have gotten the starter snaps just yet, but he often took advantage of the time he would spend on the field and was a few unfortunate drops away from having takeaways under his belt as well.
Luckily for Hooker, he is learning under arguably the best safety tandem in the National Football League. Although playing behind a tandem like Byard and Vaccaro limits his playing time, the knowledge he is able to gain from those two is invaluable towards the rest of his professional career.
Hooker finished his rookie year with 19 total tackles in a limited role. It’ll be interesting to see how much Hooker grows in his second year, which could ultimately force the Titans’ new defensive coordinator to find an expanded role going forward for the former Iowa safety.