Eagles Looking at Stanford’s Kevin Hogan
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) — A day after putting one of the draft's best quarterbacks through the paces in the Bay Area, the Eagles' brass has moved on to one of the potential sleepers in the process, Stanford signal caller Kevin Hogan.
With Howie Roseman and Doug Pederson already in the area to take a look at potential top-10 pick Jared Goff of Cal, Hogan, a potential mid-to-late-round selection after a standout career with the Cardinal, went through a workout with the brass on Tuesday, along with teammates Devon Cajuste, a hybrid wide receiver/tight end type, and inside linebacker Blake Martinez.
Hogan has NFL size at 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds and had the advantage of playing in a pro-style system at Stanford for four years. He's also regarded as very smart and highly competitive with plus mobility. The knocks on Hogan center on his mediocre arm strength, along with his often shoddy mechanics an poor footwork.
On film the biggest issue is Hogan's habit of dropping his eyes when he feels the rush. That's a very poor trait for any QB to have in his DNA and obviously hampers Hogan's pocket awareness, as well as his ability to extend plays by either climbing inside the pocket or sliding from side to side.
Solid coaching could improve the mechanical issues and the Eagles staff is filled with former quarterbacks so taking a player like Hogan in the later rounds could prove to be a prudent investment down the road.
"Some coach is going to fall in love with the person and bang on the table to take him late," a Pac-12 scout told NFL.com when discussing Hogan.
Cajuste, meanwhile, is strictly a slot tight end or h-back at 6-4 and just 234 pounds. He's not the best athlete in the world but has solid hands and is a willing blocker. Pederson has intimated he wants a fullback or h-back in his offense and will try Trey Burton but the team needs numbers to compete.
Martinez, 6-2, 237, was a very productive linebacker in college but is a throwback who might not have the quickness to project all that well at the professional level.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973ESPN.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JFMcMullen