Born and raised in Virginia, Stanford's Kevin Hogan is one of several 2016 NFL Draft quarterback prospects who is hoping to become the next mid-round star.
Before becoming a highly productive four-year starter for Stanford, Kevin Hogan was one of the more sought after high school recruits in the Class of 2011.
The 6-foot-4, 218 pounder would go on to be the Cardinal’s starting quarterback from 2012-2015, recording nearly 10,000 passing yards and 75 passing touchdowns to just 29 interceptions.
Hogan would also tack on 15 rushing touchdowns during his career.
With his college career now complete, Hogan was one of eight NFL quarterback hopefuls who recently took park in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.
“I thought I started off OK, but I’m happy how I progressed,” Hogan told Redskins.com after the completion of the Senior Bowl’s week of practices. “I got better each day and I protected the football, I made the right checks at the line of scrimmage, made some good throws, some efficient offense, and you know I felt good out there. It’s hard to come together as a team in a few days, but I thought that we got better each time out here.”
One of the difficulties for Hogan, and the rest of the quarterbacks for the matter, is timing and rhythm with the receivers.
It’s something that sometimes takes months and years to solidify, but the quarterbacks, trying to make the best possible impression on NFL scouting departments, had to try to get everything down in just a week's span.
“It’s tough at the beginning just because a lot of the routes are based on timing and there’s a little bit of doubt in your head as to when the receiver is going to come out, but as soon as you get on the same page, which we have,” Hogan said. “We’ve progressively gotten better and on the same page throughout the week, it’s not too hard. I feel like I got into a great rhythm with these guys out here, a lot of great receivers and tight ends, so it’s been a lot of fun, it’s been a lot of fun being in this offense, learning a new system, being under these coaches.”
During the 67th annual Senior Bowl on Jan. 30, Hogan, participating on the North Team, completed three of four pass attempts for 41 yards and a passer rating of 161.1 on the college scale.
His first two passes, both completions, went for a total of 40 yards.
While Hogan isn’t expected to be drafted in the first round this year, he’ll likely be middle- to later-round draft pick.
McCoy is a pending unrestricted free agent with aspirations of being a full-time starting quarterback again, while the Redskins must figure out whether or not to exercise Griffin III's fifth-year option.
To get to that NFL level, Hogan understands that he’ll have to make a bevy of adjustments in order to be potential starter or coveted backup. His first focus on improving his game starts with his lower body mechanics.
“I want to make sure I have a good base and good feet in the pocket so that I can make throws at any time,” Hogan said. “And if I get pushed of the midline, that I can reset my feet and make the throws. I feel that my upper body will be able to follow and I know I can make all of the throws if my feet are in the ground. So I’m really focusing on my lower half.”