Hogan To Panthers

Brandon Hogan became the first West Virginia player selected in the 2011 NFL Draft, going in the 4th round with the 98th overall pick to the Carolina Panthers on Saturday.

Hogan, whose status in the draft was likely affected by legal run-ins and questions about the the health of his knee, was taken at the opening of the final day of the draft.

Hogan checked in at five feet, ten inches and 192 pounds at the NFL combine, and performed 19 reps in the bench press -- the only test he participated in.

Various scouting reports pegged Hogan as an excellent run defender and physical against receivers in routes, but somewhat lacking in ball skills -- a strange assessment for a player who came up on the offensive side of the football.

At West Virginia, Hogan recorded 171 tackles, 24 pass break-ups and four interceptions in three years on the defensive side of the ball. He also accounted for 196 yards in punt returns with a long of 49.

Hogan will face a roster at Carolina that includes veterans Chris Gamble, Richard Marshall, Captain Munnerlyn and C.J. Wilson.

Third year player Robert McClain and second year performer R.J. Stanford round out the current Panther rosterroster at corner.

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