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‘Preview’ scouting reports are when I take a look at a small amount of tape and overall output data we have on a non-QB prospect before the NFL Combine and complete a preview report on what I’m seeing before I do a larger scouting study after the NFL Combine or Pro Days. Our computer scouting models cannot function properly without the NFL Combine and/or Pro Day data, so I’m not committing to these scouting reports being my definitive word on the prospect. Using what we have, I wanted to take a glimpse at some of the bigger names to share what I see initially.
Here’s a real wild card prospect making his way to Indianapolis…
Krishawn Hogan didn’t start for high school football team until he was a senior…a 5′9″/175-pound high school football player. He didn’t draw any interest in the college football recruiting process…20 catches and 1 TD as a one-year wide receiver – his size tends to do that.
Hogan’s cousin was going on a recruiting trip to Walsh University, and Hogan tagged along. The university gave Hogan a chance to make the team, but he couldn’t cut it and went back home to work third shift as a janitor and then straight from work to Ivy Tech to attend college classes. Hogan saved money and worked out to keep his college football dream alive…and he started to grow. Suddenly, he was 6′2″/200+ and getting a shot with Marian University.
Hogan would go on to set many records at the small, relatively new (now 10-year-old) football program. In 2015, Hogan caught 101 passes for 1,824 yards and 16 TDs (14 games), and he also rushed for 130 yards and 15 TDs as a goal-line, wildcat weapon as a runner. 31 TDs in 2015. 25 TDs in 12 games last season. He was dominant, to say the least.
Anytime you have an NFL Combine-worthy WR playing in the Mid-States Football Association…he’s going to dominate. The question is – is Krishawn Hogan a real prospect for the NFL?
It’s hard to tell from Hogan’s tape, I mean…it’s a man among boys. He looks good, but I wasn’t ‘wowed’. He has NFL size at 6′2″ +/- and (now) 220+ pounds of solid muscle. He looks like he might have 40-time speed in the 4.5s at best, but I suspect he’s more a 4.6 or 4.7 runner…and he’s a great human interest story WR prospect…but not as serious an NFL prospect.
It’s going to be all about the NFL Combine measurements. If Hogan comes in 6′1″/220 with 4.6+ speed and small hands…then this is a UDFA story. If he comes in closer to 6′3″/225 and has 10″ hands and puts up a 20+ reps bench press, now we’re talking.
My scouting instinct from his limited tape would say that Hogan is 6′2″/220 with 4.65 speed, 7.1+ three-cone and 18+ on the bench, which would make him a 6th–7th round pick. He falls into the 4.7+ 40-time range and he’s kind of undraftable and has a lot of odds stacked against him.
Krishawn Hogan is the kind of kid we’ll all be rooting for. He was literally a graveyard shift janitor across the street from where the 2017 NFL Combine is held. Can you even imagine what will go through his mind walking into the building and looking across the street, doing so surrounded by mostly pampered athletes? His ‘grit’ alone might get him drafted. Here’s hoping he runs in the 4.5s and makes himself a name and some money!