As we continue to progress through looking at all the top quarterback prospects in the country with college football rapidly closing in on us, today’s subject is Stanford’s Kevin Hogan.
Hogan is a really well-built (6’4″ 228) athlete with the ability to run and a strong arm with accuracy to all areas of the field. Having such huge shoes to fill after Andrew Luck left, Hogan gets a bit of an unfair shake but he’s a very good NFL prospect in his own right.
Despite playing in a pro-style offense, Hogan’s full skillset is not always on full display, as David Shaw likes to run a power run oriented offense, though it does give Hogan a chance to make plays on the run quite a bit.
Hogan is not a dynamic athlete like a Robert Griffin III, but he’s certainly big, strong, and quick enough to make guys miss. He has a quick release but a longer windup and typically makes good decisions with the football. You can see when Hogan gets a chance to set his feet and drive the ball downfield, he can put a deep ball on a rope to his intended target.
Last year, he completed just 61 percent of his passes, so that’s going to have to see some kind of improvement, but he’s also going to have to do better in the ‘big’ games for Stanford. Hogan’s performances in games against Michigan State (bowl game) and USC last year were sub-par to say the least, and his ability to rise up in those situations will be a key point of evaluation for scouts this year.
Still, this is a player with some really nice tools, and depending who you ask, probably first round tools. He’s got a great frame for the QB position, the ability to make things happen with his feet, and a strong arm with accuracy. Not to mention, experience in a pro-style offense.
With a significant improvement in 2014, Hogan should be among the top quarterbacks eligible for the 2015 NFL Draft.
Here’s a video of him against Arizona State last year courtesy of the great folks at DraftBreakdown.com.