40: 4.65 (estimated)
Plays fast and physical and does his best work when he can get downhill. Shows ability to shoot gaps and make stops in the backfield. Also is effective when working on the backside pursuit. Has decent hips to match up in coverage.
Needs to take better angles when working in space and pursuit. Is undersized at the point of attack and struggles to take on blockers, particularly the fullback in the hole. Has a tendency to lower his shoulder rather than using his hands to stack and shed when taking on the blockers. Doesn't have ideal hips or burst to match up in coverage.
A converted running back that moved to linebacker as a junior and was a capable starter on the outside. Fit well in Syracuse's attacking style of defense. Had 167 tackles, 26.5 for loss, 12.5 sacks, and 3 picks in two years at linebacker. In two years at running back, he combined for 112 carries, 483 yards (4.3 avg), 3 touchdowns, and 14 receptions.
I'm not sure Hogue has a ton of upside as a linebacker. He could fit as a WILL in a 4-3 scheme, but only as a reserve. His future in the pros will be largely determined by his ability to produce on special teams. He just doesn't anything well enough to think he has any real upside to play defense. In truth, he may be better off bulking up and being re-converted to fullback for some team. He would be a project, but at least there is some potential that down the road he could be a decent starter. Ultimately, I could see him sticking around for three or four years, but unless he is an impact player on special teams, then it'll be hard for him to stick any longer than that.
At this point, Hogue appears to be a very similar player to Robert James, who never amounted to much in three years as a Falcon. Hogue could push for depth and potentially contribute on special teams, but the Falcons can potentially find better options as far as depth goes at OLB that would eventually push Hogue off the roster much like James was.
He would probably be a reach as a draft pick although a team wouldn't be too crazy if they took him at the end of the seventh round. But you'd be better off trying to snag him as a camp body and undrafted free agent.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
Point of Attack: 1.5
Pass Rush: 2.5
Scouting reports of the linebackers in the 2011 Draft.
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