Kevin Hogan started 46 games at Stanford in his four seasons at quarterback. During that time, he played in a pro-style offense, both under center and in a shotgun formation, and showed off his athleticism as a designed runner on various read-options and short-yardage keepers.
Hogan's mechanics are nothing to write home about, and won't be discussed as positives, but he has an uncanny ability to get the job done despite having a cumbersome throwing motion. Stanford's 36 wins during his run speak to this ability. Whether you like quarterback wins as a stat or not, Hogan is a winner. He's a fiery competitor whom coaches and teammates love.
His arm strength is limited, but he has enough power to get the ball over the top and lead receivers down the field. He's also able to dial up heat on underneath passes and find space to fit the ball between defenders. His accuracy will wow you on underneath and intermediate routes, and given his ability as a runner, he's able to manipulate defenders on those routes with his eyes and body.
Hogan has all the requisite smarts that come from being a quarterback at the college level for five years. But in speaking with those around him, he's loved by his teammates and will have NFL coaches going to bat for him as a backup because of his personality and gamer mentality.
God bless the quarterback coach tasked with fixing Hogan's mechanics.
Starting with his footwork, Hogan is all over the map. He has a super-wide foundation in his stance and often throws with his shoulders horizontal to the target instead of vertical on the field. His delivery is long and slow, and he consistently pats the ball once before throwing it. The ball is never close to his body, and his elbow is way out wide and stressed in his motion. When dropping back and unleashing the football, it nearly touches his waistline before coming back up to be thrown. While other quarterbacks play up on their toes, Hogan's feet are cemented to the ground and rarely come off the turf in his motion.
All of these mechanical issues lead to an arm that looks taxed and worn down. Hogan doesn't generate velocity on intermediate routes to thread the needle and throws a Peyton Manning-esque wobbler on out routes.
Timing-based throws are an area of weakness for him. Some of this is from the mechanical issues—especially that patting of the ball—but he also has to see the field much faster than he did at Stanford.
Weight: 218 lbs.
40 Time: 4.78s
Hand Size: 10¼"
PRO COMPARISON: Brian Hoyer, Houston Texans
FINAL GRADE: 5.70/9.00 (Round 5—Backup Caliber)