Displays the ability to sit into his stance and keep his feet under him in coverage, but has a tendency to lose focus and will get sloppy with his technique at times. Allows his pad level to rise down the field, which causes him to struggle to redirect and get overextended with his footwork. Possesses good fluidity when asked to turn and run and gets up to speed quickly. But, again, lacks great balance and pad level and will struggle to quickly stop on a dime and drive back toward the football once he opens up his hips.
However, exhibits impressive physicality as a striker in both the run and pass game and can disengage the ball from man on contact. Displays above-average instincts in coverage, but will take some calculated risks, leaving his man trying to jump a route and miss on his read. But for the most part he does a nice job keeping his eyes in the backfield and getting good jumps on the play as he looks natural attacking throws and keying plays, even when asked to play safety as well. Was suspended during the 2010 season for a DUI and has some character concerns attached to his name. Never seemed to really get on track and play as well as he did as a junior this past year.
Impression: A former high school quarterback who likes contact, plays with a chip on his shoulder and simply wants the opposing teams best wideout one-on-one on an island. Needs to polish up his footwork a bit and learn to keep his pad level down more consistently. However, he can press off the line, has the versatility to play some safety and will tackle in the run game. He'll find a place to play and possibly start in an NFL secondary."
Hogan began his career as a slot receiver, making 12 catches for 67 yards in 10 games (one start). But during preseason practices entering his sophomore season, coaches noted his natural backpedal and ability to strike as a tackler and convinced him to make the switch.
Hogan made an immediate impact on defense, starting nine times in 12 games played in 2008, making 60 tackles, intercepting three passes and breaking up seven others. His game took another step forward in 2009, earning first-team All-Big East honors with 74 tackles, an interception and 11 pass breakups. Despite missing two games of his senior year due to suspension, Hogan was named second-team All-Big East with 37 tackles, three interceptions and six pass breakups.
Hogan's career ended with a torn left ACL in the Champs Sports Bowl and he'll have to beat the typical recovery time to be on the field at the start of training camp. When healthy, he showed elusiveness with the ball in his hands, returning seven punts for 85 yards as a junior and 12 for 93 yards in 2010. He could be a contributor on special teams coverage units because of his ability to tackle. He has very good knowledge of routes from his experience on offense, speed and physicality, making Hogan a very promising prospect who is capable of starting at the next level. Two arrests within one year combined with an ACL injury will raise red flags and drop his stock with some teams.
Strengths: Prototypical heady zone corner. Attacks plays in front of him, allowing few yards after the catch. Quickly gets off his initial coverage to pick up short outs and helps the safety on deep outs. Does not back down from a challenge on the outside. Quick, smooth backpedal, keeps some cushion between him and receiver until the route unveils itself. Watches for double moves and has the speed to stay with them. Aggressive in run support, reads and beats receiver blocks and flows downhill to the ball. Delivers a big enough hit to dislodge the ball from receivers if they have not yet secured the catch. Will undercut throws to intercept if the quarterback is not on the money in tight quarters. Looks to make things happen after the interception and is an elusive runner in space. Very strong tackler for his size, will bring down big receivers by wrapping and churning his legs, not just chopping them down (though he's very effective as a cut tackler). Instinctual player willing to work on his game on the field and in the film room. Good punt return skills with solid hands, makes first defender miss with a quick move and can get the corner. Played through biceps injury most of 2010.
Weaknesses: Loses discipline, biting hard and taking direct angles to the ball without regard to his assignment. His lack of height will be detrimental covering downfield in the NFL. Gets beat for big plays when trying to bait the quarterback or sitting on short routes. Lacks great strength and height to outmuscle NFL receivers for the ball in the air. Aggressiveness and lack of size can make it difficult to get back to his man in time to prevent a big play. Dances and runs backward too often on punt returns. Missed the 2008 Meineke Car Care Bowl due to unspecified "personal reasons." Cited for disorderly conduct and public urination in April 2010, but was not arrested. Missed most of 2010 spring practices due to academic issues. Arrested for DUI in October 2010, caught driving the wrong way down a one-way street, but was not suspended. Missed the 2010 Champs Sports Bowl with a torn left ACL suffered in regular-season finale.
Positive: Talented cover corner who plays a physical game. Aggressive in all aspects, physical throughout routes, and quick up the field defending the run. Fluid turning his hips in transition, runs downfield with opponents, and quickly gets his head back around to locate the ball and position himself to defend the throw. Displays a good break to the action out of his plant, plays with awareness, and works well with safeties. Occasionally asked to return kicks.
Negative: Lacks top closing or recovery speed. Prefers to side shuffle down the field rather than backpedal. Has experienced some serious off-the-field issues.
Analysis: Hogan is a feisty corner who does not back down under any circumstance and shows natural ball skills. He possesses enough ability to start at the next level if he keeps his focus on the football field and learns to does the little things well. Unlikely to be selected during the first half of the draft but could turn into a late-round steal."
Negatives: Has had legal issues in the past, was arrested for a DUI and suspended indefinitely, but later returned to the squad, also missed time for academic reasons... Did not move to corner until 2008, lacks a lot of experience at the position... Tore ACL in December, durability after returning from injury could be a concern... Really hurt draft stock by being suspended and then getting injured, has potential, but will likely slip in the draft... Is not an all-around cover corner at this point, is a little late to locate the ball at times and ball skills are sub-par... Does not have great recovery speed or man-to-man coverage skills, needs help over the top in most man coverage situations."
Hogan took his pass catching ability to the Mountaineers' secondary during his sophomore campaign and has been a starting cornerback pretty much ever since. As a sophomore Hogan was a surprisingly good tackler and ranked sixth on the team in that department. Hogan kept up his impressive numbers as a junior in 2009 and was an All-Big East first-team selection by the coaches for his efforts; that year he tallied 74 tackles, 11 pass breakups and 12 passes defended. Hogan has been less involved during his senior season (partially due to a one game suspension following a DUI).
Hogan's stock is falling due to his off-field issues. Those may not end up being a big deal, but he is likely crossed out on some NFL teams' draft lists and Hogan has to talk his way back on."
At this stage, my best assesment of Brandon Hogan is that he's a Corner with exceptional physical skills ~ Liquidity, Lateral Velocity, and Torque ~ but suspect Processing Speed. He's been out of sync, this year, in light of his arrest, suspension, and Jail Term, which raises obvious Red Flags that will certainly thin the ranks of his courters.
The extraordinary Wes Buntng suggests his best destiny may be as a Cover 2 Corner, or as a Free Safety. I don't care for him as a Safety, because I value Processing Speed there, even more than at Corner. But perhaps the Cover 2...
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