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2016 Draft Profile: Kevin Hogan is a project quarterback

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The 2016 NFL Draft class, unlike the last few years, isn’t top-heavy led by a strong group of quarterbacks. There are a few names such as Carson Wentz, Paxton Lynch, Jared Goff, and Connor Cook that will all be high first-round selections, but beyond that it becomes a toss-up with the rest of the players at the position. Among this second-tier group is Stanford’s Kevin Hogan, who had a highly successful four-year collegiate career.

QB Kevin Hogan  Height: 6’3” Weight: 218 lbs. – Overall college record: 36-10

Following his redshirt freshman year, Hogan had the daunting task of filling the shoes of a phenomenal player in Andrew Luck, who finished runner-up for the Heisman trophy twice before getting selected with the first overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. In his four seasons as the starting quarterback for Stanford, he helped lead the team to three trips to the Rose Bowl, becoming only third quarterback to start three Rose Bowl games winning two out of three. He also finished with a school-record 36 career wins as the starting quarterback surpassing Luck’s previous mark.

He had his most successful season in 2015 ranking up career highs across the board in passing yards (2,867), touchdown passes (27), passing efficiency rating (171.0), and yards per attempt (9.4) that helped him earn a selection to the 2015 Second Team All-Pac-12 and a finalist for the Manning Award as the country’s top quarterback. He also had a strong performance in his final collegiate game against Iowa in the Rose Bowl, scoring four total touchdowns (three passing, one rushing) with 228 passing yards. Although it was overshadowed by running back Christian McCaffrey’s stellar outing, it was a game that exemplified the impact that Hogan made on Stanford in his four seasons.

Year     School      Conf       G    Cmp   Att    Pct     Yds    Y/A   AY/A   TD   Int   Rate
2012  Stanford    Pac-12    10   109    152    71.7   1096   7.2      7.5       9       3    147.9
2013  Stanford    Pac-12    14   180    295   61.0   2630  8.9     8.7      20     10   151.5
2014  Stanford    Pac-12    13   232    352   65.9  2792   7.9     8.0      19      8    145.8
2015  Stanford    Pac-12    14   206    304   67.8  2867   9.4    10.0     27      8    171.0
Career                                   51   727    1103  65.9  9385    8.5     8.7     75     29    154.6

Awards and Honor

He was a three-time Pac-12 champion (2012, 2013, 2015), the 2014 Foster Farms Bowl MVP, and a 2015 Second Team All-Pac-12

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Strengths: Hogan possesses an ideal body frame for the quarterback position in the NFL. He isn’t the prototypical quarterback that will put up eye-popping numbers, but he does play within his skillset by making few poor decisions when he throws the football. He’s also quite mobile and can extend plays or escape the pocket, which helped him become the only quarterback in school history to rush for than 1,000 yards. Hogan has had the benefit of playing in a pro-style offense at Stanford, where he demonstrated the ability to make critical throws under pressure with the game on the line.

Weaknesses: While experiencing much success over his collegiate career, it shielded part of the fact that Hogan is still a work in progress in several aspects. He oftentimes displays poor footwork on his drop backs and struggles to reset his feet properly before making throws. He has the tendency to make throws flat-footed, which only emphasizes his lack of arm strength and inaccuracy on throws down the field. Hogan often showed a lack of poise in the pocket that led to making poor inaccurate throws and taking sacks when it wasn’t necessary.

Projections: 5-6 round

NFL team fit:  Los Angeles Rams, Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys

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