The Buffalo Bills have several needs on both sides of the ball that they’ll look to address during free agency and the 2016 NFL Draft. However, General Manager Doug Whaley has stated on numerous occasions that despite Tyrod Taylor’s success in his first year as a starter, the team will add another quarterback in the draft. Today, we’ll look at Stanford’s Kevin Hogan.
Hogan, the McLean, Virginia native in his time at the farm amassed 9,385 yards passing (65.9% accuracy) for 75 touchdowns, 29 interceptions and 15 touchdowns rushing.
Not many players could stand up to the pressure of following a player like Andrew Luck, but Kevin Hogan did. While he wasn’t the draft prospect that Luck was, Hogan assumed a leadership role on the team from his redshirt freshman year and didn’t look back.
In fact, Hogan was a good follow up QB even down to the Stanford offensive position coach naming – their offensive coordinator is the Andrew Luck Director of Offense and this year, their QB coach with be the first Kevin M. Hogan QB Coach. That is how highly the school (and a donor) thought of Mr. Hogan.
Kevin Hogan Physical Tools
Hogan’s a big dude – 6’4 and 235 pounds or so. He’s a bit “over-aged” for the position entering the league at 24, but his experience running a pro style offense will be invaluable to most NFL offensive coordinators. While Kevin Hogan does have a funky arm motion throwing, it doesn’t hurt his velocity – I’d say he’s a 3.5 out of 5, in terms of arm strength.
And as I mentioned above, he’s scored 15 touchdowns rushing, so his 4.8 speed may not be blazing, but he knows how to get out of a “hot kitchen” or run read option if needed.
Kevin Hogan Arm Talent
Kevin Hogan, as mentioned above does not have a howitzer for an arm. It’s strong enough to make the throws needed in the NFL in my opinion and he does know how and where to place the ball to give his receivers a shot. The problem is, Kevin doesn’t always put it in the right spot consistently.
And in other cases, he puts it in the right spot, but could’ve put it there *a little* better and you have magic. Or your receiver decides not to catch it:
Hogan has a bit of a funky release, which he’s shown changes to both at the combine and his pro day. But funky-ness or no, if he can continue to trust his receivers and give them an opportunity like this throw, he can give himself a chance in the NFL:
Kevin Hogan is the prototypical pro-style passer, he stands in the pocket, steps up and fires. However, there is something to be said for “see it, throw it” and Hogan can do that:
While his arm isn’t always bandied about, he still managed to zip that pass in and get his team into a 3rd and short situation.
Despite the hop step prior to the throw, that was a darn good throw to a receiver deep. The drop shouldn’t penalize Hogan for putting it in there – and hopefully if drafted he’d be able to do that a lot to Bills receivers.
Overview/Potential Fit With Buffalo Bills
With Kevin Hogan’s experience in the Bills’ offense in his 4 years at Stanford, he would walk onto Bills campus capable of being the backup for this season or a spot-starter. However, is that what the Bills are looking for? Because despite the posturing on their end, a player like Hogan would not be able to supplant Taylor as a suitable starter in 2017 without marked change in his throwing and consistency of ball placement. While I am a fan of Hogan, I wouldn’t want him to be sold as the savior year one or two – he should sit, get himself fixed fundamentals-wise and then put him on the field.