The Redskins already spent big money on quarterback Kirk Cousins this offseason. They also re-signed backup Colt McCoy. But in a quarterback driven league, don't be surprised if they add a young signal caller in the upcoming draft.
When Washington starts considering taking a quarterback, Stanford’s Kevin Hogan could be one of the players available.
General manager Scot McCloughan doesn't want to show his cards, but it’s a safe bet that the Redskins will likely select a passing project with somewhere on Day 3 the likely timeframe. Washington carried three quarterbacks last season. Only two remain.
“There’s never too many quarterbacks,” said McCloughan, speaking to reporters at Redskins Park on Monday. “Not saying first round, fifth round, seventh round, a college free agent… Who knows? The thing that we’re going to do is identify, have a value for that position and that player, and that’s when we’re going to take him.”
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Hogan, who grew up in McLean, Virginia, completed 66.8 percent of his passes while throwing for 75 touchdowns with just 29 interceptions in four seasons as the successor to Andrew Luck’s throne.
Some draft analysts point to his mechanics as an issue, specifically a funky delivery. Speaking to Breaking Burgundy's Ben Standig while attending a gala at the Bethesda North Marriott in late March, Hogan revealed he has worked to improve some aspects of his throwing in preparation for the draft. Just don't expect and significant changes to the actual throwing motion.
"I've been working on my lower half and having a more compact base, and in turn it's allowed me to be more compact up top," the 6-foot-3 QB said.
Others argue that he gets the ball where it needs to be at an above average clip. Hogan and those he had consulted agree.
"Every NFL coach I've talked to says it's not an issue," Hogan said of his delivery.
He’s comparable to Luck in terms of his ability to make plays with his legs. It may not always look pretty, but he gets the job done. To use McCloughan’s phraseology, he’s a football player.
Getting selected by the Redskins would be more than just a shot at the NFL. He played football at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C. Hogan roots for the Redskins, and always kept tabs on what they were doing while out west for college.
“I grew up a diehard burgundy and gold fan,” Hogan said. “Sean Taylor was my favorite player growing up.”
It won’t be clear how much interest the Redskins have in him until after the draft, which runs Thursday through Saturday, but Hogan knows what he wants of his first NFL opportunity, and it’s pretty old school.
“I want to go to a team where I can learn,” Hogan said. “If you look at a lot of the best quarterbacks in the league today, they all had an opportunity to learn from someone.”
Hogan would have that chance in Washington with Kirk Cousins, who knows what it’s like to be one of the less heralded quarterbacks in the draft, the clear starter. In McCoy, Hogan would have a veteran with plenty of experience to teach him the ins and outs of the NFL. He also seems to have the confidence necessary to weather the unremitting spotlight placed on the quarterbacks in Washington.
“I know that whatever team gets me is going to be extremely lucky,” Hogan said. “I’m going to help that organization.”
Dan Roth is a freelance sportswriter and Breaking Burgundy contributor. Follow Dan on Twitter @ByDanRoth.
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