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Prospect Profiles: Doug Hogue

DOUG HOGUE, LB, SYRACUSE

Triangle Numbers: 6-2, 235, 4.63

Scouting Reports:

Sideline Scouting:

Positives: Athletic and speedy, transitioned from running back to linebacker in 2009… Has pretty good coverage skills for the position… Plays with a lot of passion, tries hard to improve as a linebacker… Had good production in 2009 and 2010, combined for 167 tackles, 12.5 sacks and three interceptions in those two seasons… Shows good quickness and flexibility, hips are pretty fluid… Has very good range, can get sideline to sideline pretty quickly… Does a pretty good job blitzing off the edge and is shifty enough to shoot gaps when blitzing… Has a lot of upside, but will need to continue to work hard to improve as an all-around player.

Negatives: Doesn’t have great size or strength, will need to put on some bulk to make the transition to the NFL smoother… Inexperience at linebacker position shows, does not have great instincts, takes too long to diagnose plays and will get fooled by misdirection plays far too often… Struggles to get off blocks, does not have the size to overpower blockers and disrupt plays… Not the surest tackler, wraps up fairly well but does not have the strength to drag some ball carriers down after contact… Has some minor durability issues (knee injury), size may be some cause for concern in that area… Is still very raw, will likely need some time to adjust at the next level.

National Football Post:

A former collegiate running back who made the transition to the defensive side of the ball during the spring of his junior year. Possesses a thickly built upper body, but is a bit narrow in the lower half and looks thin in the calves. However, displays good body control and fluidity in his drop. Gets good depth off the line, can cleanly open up his hips and gets back up to speed when asked to turn and run. Isn’t the most instinctive of backers in space at this stage though. Doesn’t have a ton of experience and gets caught staring into the backfield and can be late to recognize his pass keys. Possesses good range once he locates the football, but can get caught with his feet stuck in the mud at times trying to decipher information. Doesn’t offer much as a blitzer at this stage. Has a good first step off the edge and can create a bit of a push on contact, but gets upright and struggles to slip/disengage.

Isn’t the most instinctive of run defenders either. Has trouble consistently taking proper angles toward the football and will run himself out of plays and get caught up in traffic easily at times. Does display above-average power and range to his game, has the ability to anchor vs. lead blocks and runs well in pursuit. Wraps up well into contact and has a long set of arms that allow him to break down and make some plays off his frame on perimeter runs.

Impression: A nice athlete who has some real upside to his game from a mental aspect since he has only played linebacker for about two years. He has shown flashes and is worth a draft pick, but looks more like a backup/developmental starter to me who will need some time.

FF Toolbox:

Doug Hogue started his collegiate career at Syracuse as a running back. As a true freshman in 2007 Hogue rushed for 251 yards and a touchdown on 77 carries. He even started four games when Curtis Brinkley went down with an injury. His best game came in a start against Buffalo when he rushed for 83 yards and his lone score on the season. The following year Hogue was once again a backup to Brinkley, but was much more productive with a year of experience under his belt. On the year Hogue only carried the ball 35 times, but those carries resulted in 232 yards and two rushing touchdowns. Hogue also caught 11 passes for 108 yards and a score.

In the spring of 2009 Hogue made the move to linebacker, where he started all 12 games. Despite the lack of experience, Hogue led the Big East in tackles-for-loss and ranked second in sacks. The unexpected success in 2009 led to high expectations in 2010 and Hogue did not disappoint. It has been the Syracuse defense that has led to their surprising season and Hogue has been the catalyst. Through the regular season the 6-2, 226 pound Yonkers, New York native tallied 89 tackles, 9.5 tackles-for-loss, 3.0 sacks, two interceptions and one forced fumble. For his efforts he was named to the All-Conference First-Team.

For a player who has only spent 24 games at linebacker, Hogue will only get better. He has good speed and great instincts…whether it be hunting down the ball carrier or the quarterback. Hogue has solid hands, which he developed during his days as a running back and he could even be a short yardage ball carrier in the NFL. However, his true position at the next level is as an outside linebacker and some team that has time to teach Hogue and allow him to learn more about the position will be getting a steal in the fourth or fifth round.

2/10 Update: Hogue failed to make much of an impact during the East-West Shrine Game, but he will have another opportunity at the NFL Combine. His raw talent and versatility should lead to some quality workouts. How well scouts believe that will translate into production on the field is another issue and the thing that will keep Hogue in the mid-to-late rounds.

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GiantsGab Thoughts:

Doug Hogue is a raw outside linebacker prospect who has been linked to the Giants. The former running back is obviously athletic and fast, with pretty good coverage skills. Good range, but really needs to gain strength. He’s raw. He’s not going to be able to come in and start right away. He may need a year on the practice squad. He does have a lot going for him: Athleticism, moldable skills, grew up in the same county as me.  He will probably go somewhere in the 4th to 6th round range. He’s a project, and you have to know that when you draft him. But, in a few years, could be a nice weakside backup.

 

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