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Kansas City Chiefs select Stanford QB Kevin Hogan in the 2016 NFL Draft

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Stanford's most consistent quarterback is headed to Kansas City.

Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Hogan became the fourth Stanford player drafted to the NFL in 2016, as the Kansas City Chiefs selected him in the fifth round with the 163rd pick overall.

David Shaw previously commented that if there were a Mount Rushmore of Stanford quarterbacks, Kevin Hogan would belong on it. And why not? Hogan is the winningest quarterback in Stanford history (36), the most productive quarterback in Stanford history (10,634 total yards), and the quarterback with the highest passing efficiency in Stanford history (171.03). This ranks him ahead of even Stanford greats like Andrew Luck, John Elway, and Jim Plunkett.

Although Kevin Hogan has an arm like a rifle and throws with accuracy, one big criticism of Hogan is his long windup that telegraphs where he's about to throw the ball and allows defenders to get in place.

To improve his throwing mechanics before the draft, Kevin Hogan worked with QB Coach John Ramsdell. Ramsdell previously worked with Cam Newton, Philip Rivers, and Kurt Warner. Like Kevin Hogan, Philip Rivers received criticism for an unusual throwing motion, but has become a success after working with Ramsdell, having now spent over a decade in the NFL as a starting quarterback.

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From his scouting report at NFL.Com:

"Consistent winner and tough. Scouts say his teammates and coaches see through deficiencies and trust the competitiveness above all else. Has NFL size. Benefited from playing in a pro­-style attack. Has adequate mobility and is unafraid to pull the ball down and get tough yards to extend drives. Extremely bright person. Doesn't always look pretty, but finds ways to make winning plays in adverse situations. Doesn't get cute and feeds his top talent. Tasked to manage the offense and did just that. Smart and self­-aware. Understands his strengths and weaknesses and doesn’t take very many low percentage chances. Was the most accurate short-yardage passer in Pac-12 at 76.7 percent."

"BOTTOM LINE Hogan has the size, mobility and quarterback's demeanor that could interest a team on the third day of the draft. He doesn’t have the arm that many teams look for and his intermediate and deep accuracy still need work. Hogan will need time and coaching to try and improve his mechanics and footwork if he wants to have a shot to be an NFL backup."

From our Scouting report:

"Quarterback: One word to describe QB Kevin Hogan: winner. In the words of Hip Hop Star DJ Khaled, all Hogan does is "win, win, win". Hogan led Stanford to 3 Pac-12 titles, 2 Rose Bowl victories and 36 wins as the starting Quarterback for the Cardinal. The Senior QB has been characterized as a "leader of men, and a general on the field of battle". Hogan has great athleticism, and decent speed; but his throwing motion reminds many of a wind-up thrown by a MLB pitcher. Hogan does have solid arm strength, and did make several good throws that impressed scouts at the Stanford Pro Day last month. Look for teams to take a chance on Hogan on Day 3, sit him behind a solid starting QB for a few years, and see if he'll be able to adapt his talents to the NFL.
Projection - Late Round 4"