December 03, 2015 - Greg Gabriel
Breaking Down Kevin Hogan and Kenneth Dixon
Kevin Hogan – QB – Stanford Kevin Hogan is a perfect example of why quarterbacks should stay in school instead of entering the draft early. Based on last season’s tape, Hogan was thought to be a late round prospect at best. All that changed this year when he had his best season as Stanford’s quarterback. Hogan is a fifth-year senor and a three-year starter for Stanford. He has shown improvement every year in his game, but this year he really made a jump. His accuracy and decision making improved as well as his leadership skills. Going into the Pac 12 Championship game he has completed 185 of 271 throws for 2,500 yards, 68.3% completion percentage, 23 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Size – 6'4" – 220 – 4.70 (All estimates) Strong Points – Has ideal NFL quarterback size to go along with very good overall athleticism. He has quick feet and runs well for a quarterback. He has a strong arm, is accurate on short and deep throws and shows very good ball placement. Does a good job reading defenses, can go through a progression and find the open man. He is a very consistent decision maker. Runs a complicated pro-style offense. Has a good feel for pass rushers and can keep plays alive with his feet. Very good run skills. Good ability to throw while on the move. Good to very good arm strength. Has excellent overall intangibles. Weak Points – Has a bit of a windup with his release. Needs to become a little quicker with his release. Summation – A three-year starter for a sophisticated pro-style offense. He has very good size and can make all the throws that are needed to succeed in the NFL. Is a good decision maker and a strong leader. Has shown improvement every year and now is among the better senior quarterbacks in the coming NFL Draft. Has played a lot of football for Stanford and it shows. While he won’t be ready to step in and play as a rookie, I see an eventual NFL starter for a winning NFL team. It would not surprise me if he went as high as the second round. This is the type of player who succeeds in the NFL because he has top intangibles. Kenneth Dixon – RB – Louisiana Tech Kenneth is a fourth-year senior and has been a starter since his freshman year. Has had a very productive career at Louisiana Tech running for over 4,300 yards during his career including 968 to date this season. He also has 60 career rushing touchdowns in his career. Will play in the Senior Bowl this January. Size – 6'0" – 210 – 4.60 (all Estimates) Strong Points – Has been very productive as a runner and a receiver. Is quicker than fast with very quick feet and quick cutting ability. Good jump cutter. Has good vision/instincts, is generally a good decision maker. Has been fairly durable during his career but he has missed four games in four years. Shows some elusiveness in the open field. Is very quick to the hole and runs with good body lean. Has adequate creativity. Weak Points – Size and doesn’t have the frame to get much bigger. Not a power guy. Does not get a lot of yards on his own. Willing blocker but not consistently effective. Lacks breakaway speed (will probably run in the high 4.5’s to 4.6). Doesn’t scare a defense. Summation – Dixon is a quality college running back but he lacks the physical tools to be more than a good backup type in the NFL. He lacks speed, size and power. While he runs hard, he is not a good after contact runner and has just average inside run skills. He is quicker than fast and can get to the hole but he is not particularly creative. He is not going to move the pile by any means. He is an effective pass receiver out of the backfield but is used mostly on short type routes and check downs. Overall, I don’t see him as being more than an adequate backup at the next level. He is more of a role player/change of pace type back. Doubt he will ever be a starter.