4 veterans for Panthers to target during third wave of free agency
Malik Hooker – S
- 2020 team – Indianapolis Colts
Malik Hooker is a man we think the Carolina Panthers should have gone after a fortnight ago. The fact he is still on the market is bizarre when one considers the sort of production the safety brings to the table and although the player has generated some interest, there has been nothing concrete as yet.
Carolina needs better options on the backend despite stud rookie Jeremy Chinn reverting to his preferred position of safety after catching the eye in no uncertain terms as an outside linebacker. Tre Boston was cut loose after a poor 2020 campaign and Juston Burris’ lack of consistency doesn’t exactly inspire confidence moving forward.
There is a lot to like about some prospects at the position coming out of the college ranks this year. However, providing Hooker is free from the injury problems that have hampered his progress of late, he represents a better option than a rookie who may take some time to develop.
Carolina already boasts a couple of development projects in Sam Franklin and Myles Hartsfield, who both showed promise last time out. Pairing Hooker and Chinn together give the Panthers two athletic playmakers who will be further aided by some outstanding additions to the front seven this offseason.