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Top prospect Malik Hooker to miss NFL combine after surgery

It helps the coach to have the ultra competitive and driven Brady as his team leader. Brady always finds an edge. If it’s not to avenge his Deflategate suspension, he can always go back to his standard “prove everyone wrong for having made me wait until the sixth round to get drafted.”

But more than anything, winning championships is what drives Brady, and it’s clear how much he loves football. His intensity, competitive fire and team-first attitude are infectious, and it’s obvious that his teammates are motivated to play well for him and follow his lead.

Malik Hooker’s NFL career is being affected by injuries before it’s even started.

The former Ohio State safety and top prospect in the 2017 NFL Draft won’t be participating in the scouting combine after undergoing surgeries Tuesday to repair a torn labrum and hernia.

According to Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller, who first reported the news, Hooker played through the pain of the injuries late this season and won’t be ready to work out for scouts in March.

Hooker, who had two years of college eligibility remaining before declaring for the draft Jan. 2, had seven interceptions, three for touchdowns, and 74 tackles in 13 games en route to unanimous All-America honors this season.
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NFL Draft grades: Winners, losers of Rounds 2-3, from Dalvin Cook to Joe Mixon

Round 2 and Round 3 of the 2017 NFL Draft are in the books, which means it’s already time to do some grading on what happened Friday night.

While some teams made more great picks, others had more whiffs. Some falling players landed in good spots, while others weren’t drafted at all.

Here are the winners and losers of Day 2, with the best and worst developments involving two first-round talents at running back.

During a bang-bang play in which Packers linebacker Desmond Bishop drove his helmet into Newton, Bishop was called for roughing but was not fined.

That was on the heels of Newton getting two such calls in his debut at Arizona, vs. both Cardinals linebacker Clark Haggans and cornerback Richard Marshall. Later in the Green Bay game, Riveron’s crew again was quick with the flag when Aaron Rodgers took a tough hit from Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy.

In his first two NFL games, Newton got three roughing calls. He got a league-leading eight in his favor as a rookie.

In 2015, Newton got zero roughing calls during his MVP- and NFC-winning campaign. Last season, he got only two despite the post-game spotlight after that Week 1 mess in Denver.

Riveron, in his new job “overseeing all aspect of the league’s officiating department,” naturally should make QB protection a point of emphasis. Ron Rivera and the Panthers shouldn’t hesitate, then, to bring it back up in regards to Newton.

Carolina’s offseason has been about trying to better protect Newton, whether that means improving its offensive line, getting more players to ease his rushing burden or getting him more options to get the ball out quicker.

Riveron’s hire only adds to the help.