With the NFL draft just hours away, we look at a few draft hopefuls from Stanford. Pro Football Focus’ Steve Palazzolo shares some insight on two members of the Cardinal with hefty resumes.
See what Palazzolo had to say about Joshua Garnett, Austin Hooper and Devon Cajuste.
Kevin Hogan had some big shoes to fill in 2012. He became the starter mid-year and Andrew Luck was still on everyone’s mind. After nearly four seasons at the helm of the Stanford offense, Hogan ended his career with nearly 10,000 passing yards and 93 total touchdowns. He also led the Cardinal to three Rose Bowl appearances and 36 wins as a starter, a Stanford record.
According to Pro Football Focus’ analysis, Hogan notched a higher passing rating against the blitz than a standard pass rush, and Palazzolo gives his analysis:
“Accuracy, decision-making and pocket presence/handling pressure are the biggest qualities that the top quarterbacks possess. Hogan does a pretty good job from a decision-making standpoint, and he moves around the pocket, but his accuracy is below some of the other top quarterbacks in the class, especially at the intermediate and deep levels. That's a big chunk of NFL throws and a place he needs to improve.”
Here is Hogan's pass breakdown from Pro Football Focus:
Pro Football Focus predicts Hogan will be a fifth-round selection.
Stanford linebacker Blake Martinez picked up tackles by the handful over the last two years, with 141 tackles in 2015 and 102 tackles in 2014, both were team highs. Physically, Martinez and fellow Pac-12 prospect Scooby Wright are similarly: Martinez is 6-foot-2 and 246 pounds and Wright stands at 6-foot-1 and 245 pounds. In 2014, Wright owned 163 tackles and in 2015, Martinez had 141. I asked Palazzolo what Martinez would need to be successful at the next level.
"Martinez doesn't stand out in any one area, and he doesn't recognize plays as quickly as Wright, so that's one area he can improve. If he can diagnose plays quicker, it will help him maximize his skill-set," Palazzolo said.
Hogan, Martinez and quite a few prospects from the Cardinal hope to hear their names called this weekend.