A day after working out Jared Goff, it looks as though the Philadelphia Eagles are turning their attention to Stanford Quarterback Kevin Hogan.
Philadelphia Eagles working out Kevin Hogan/QB and Devon Cajuste/WR-TE at Stanford today…
— Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline) March 29, 2016
If you’re an avid reader of Philly Sports Network, you’ll know how highly I rate Hogan. Not only has this got me perhaps more excited than it should considering how many players teams work out in the run up to the draft, but the process is also very similar to that undertook in 2012 when the Eagles drafted Nick Foles in the third round.
They worked out Ryan Tannehill (projected first rounder) and then the next day worked out Nick Foles before finally turning their attention to Kirk Cousins. The idea being that the first round talent is the ideal pick that the staff can use to grade and compare the mid-round prospects to.
The man orchestrating the workouts in 2012? Doug Pederson. I posted an article about this just moments ago that you can read here
But more on Hogan, here’s what I wrote about him when taking him in the third round in my Mock Draft:
After watching a lot of tape on Stanford’s latest NFL ready Quarterback, I’m 100% certain that if the Eagles are going to draft a Quarterback, it should be Hogan. He may have a slow release, but he has an arm that can challenge Wentz or Goff on any given Sunday. Having played most of his snaps in a pro-style Offense unlike the top three projected QB picks, Hogan would be a perfect fit in Pederson’s very similar system.
What really sets him apart however is his Football IQ. Sure he sent his team to three Rose Bowls and won two of them, but when he was on the field, he ran the Offense. The playcalling, the audibles, Hogan did it all. With Notre Dame in control and time running out, Hogan marched his team up the field so they could kick a game winning field goal without using a single timeout. Why? Because the coaches believed in his ability to read the situation and know how to handle it.
Sitting behind Andrew Luck is not an easy thing, but Hogan possesses many of the qualities that make Sam Bradford so valuable to Pederson. Quick reads, extremely intelligent football mind, accuracy (completing 68.7% of his passes last year) and a very spatially aware and complete pocket passer. If the Eagles want a project Quarterback, they don’t come more refined and ready than Hogan.
He’s also 16-6 against top 25 teams…so there’s that.