2016 NFL Draft Profile: Kevin Hogan Flashes Accuracy Despite ‘Funny Release’


Editor’s note: NESN.com will profile intriguing prospects in the days leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft. Next up: Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan.

Kevin Hogan, quarterback, Stanford
6-foot-3, 218 pounds
Projected round: Fifth
2015 stats: 67.8 completion percentage (206 of 304), 2,867 yards, 27 touchdowns, eight interceptions; 85 carries, 336 yards, six touchdowns
Testing numbers: 4.78-second 40-yard dash, 1.64-second 10-yard split, 32.5-inch vertical jump, 9-foot, 5-inch broad jump, 4.31-second short shuttle, 6.90-second 3-cone drill

Strengths: Hogan flashed impressive accuracy as a senior. Of his 98 incompletions, 18 were drops, three were throwaways, two were batted at the line and two were spikes. He has above average athleticism, ranking highly among draft-eligible quarterbacks with his 40-yard dash and 3-cone drill. He showed off his athleticism by rushing for 1,249 yards and 15 touchdowns in his career. He scored a 38 on the Wonderlic test, according to the Journal Sentinel’s Bob McGinn. He “does pretty much everything well,” a scout told McGinn.

Weaknesses: Hogan was average facing pressure in 2015. He had a 61.2 accuracy percentage under pressure, according to Pro Football Focus. He showed off solid deep passing decision making, throwing nine touchdowns to two interceptions, but completed just 19 of 53 deep passes. Hogan has a “funny release,” a scout told McGinn.

Patriots fit: Hogan is a good match for the Patriots athletically, and head coach Bill Belichick has shown a recent interest in Stanford products. If he falls far enough, Hogan could be a solid No. 3 option for New England.

Thumbnail photo via Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports Images

Thumbnail photo via Dec 5, 2015; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Stanford Cardinal quarterback Kevin Hogan (8) throws a pass during the Pac-12 Conference football championship game against the Southern California Trojans at Levi's Stadium. Stanford defeated USC 41-22. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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