If not for the injury, Brandon Hogan may have been drafted higher. Although he comes with some off-field concerns, Hogan will likely be kept on a short leash.
If his quickness comes back after his ACL is fully healed, the Panthers may have found a steal in the fourth round.
Hogan will not be ready for the start of the season, when that happens, but may be healed up enough by the end of the season to play in nickel and dime packages or on special teams.
Hogan would be wise to take the season off and focus on getting back in shape for the 2012 season.
If Brandon Hogan can stay out of trouble, he can be a starting corner for the Panthers. By picking him up, drafting Cam Newton and signing Jeremy Shockey, Jerry Richardson and Ron Rivera have shown above all else they care about talent and Hogan has plenty of it.
Hogan also has plenty of athleticism and has shown he can make plays on defense. In three years, he totaled 8 interceptions and 24 passes defensed.