One day after the Philadelphia Eagles visited Berkeley, CA to work out top 2016 NFL Draft prospect Jared Goff, along with Cal pass catcher Kenny Lawler, the team is now showing interest in a different quarterback-receiver combination. Tony Pauline reports the Birds are working out Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan and wide receiver Devon Cajuste. Pauline also reports the Eagles are working out linebacker Blake Martinez.
Let's start with Hogan (no relation to Hulk). The Eagles spoke with him at the 2016 NFL Combine. The 23-year-old passer measures in at 6-3, 218 pounds. He finished his four-year college career at Stanford completing 65.9% of his passes for 9,385 yards (8.5 average), 75 touchdowns, and 29 interceptions. He also ran for 1,249 yards and 15 scores.
CBS Sports projects Hogan to be a late round pick. The Eagles are expected to add a passer at some point in this year's draft so Hogan would a be guy who can sit and develop behind Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel.
Here's more on Hogan via NFL.com's scouting report.
Strengths - 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 doesnt take very many low percentage chances. Was the most accurate short-yardage passer in Pac-12 at 76.7 percent.
Weaknesses - Mechanics and footwork are a mess. Throws with a very wide base, a pitcher's stride and a protracted delivery. Ball rarely comes out of his hands cleanly. Plays flat-footed in the pocket with little bounce as he scans field and does a poor job of resetting and coming to balance before delivery. Below-average arm strength and struggles to consistently make accurate, catchable throws to the field side. Average at reading defenses, preventing him from getting ball out on time. Needs much more poise and pocket awareness. Had issues climbing and sliding to clean areas of the pocket when they were there. Drops eyes and immediately panics when pressure is mounting in his face. Took sacks he had no business taking. Lacking desired touch and accuracy on his deep throws.
Bottom Line - Hogan has the size, mobility and quarterback's demeanor that could interest a team on the third day of the draft. He doesnt 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.
Cajuste measures in at 6-4, 234 pounds. He finished his four-year tenure at Stanford with 90 receptions for 1,589 yards (17.7 average) and 14 touchdowns. Cajuste played wide receiver but some as projecting him as a tight end in the NFL.
The Eagles don't really need another tight end after extending both Zach Ertz and Brent Celek this offseason. Trey Burton is also still around and could get a look at fullback.
CBS Sports projects Cajuste as a seventh round pick or priority undrafted free agent. Here's a scouting report via NFL.com.
Strengths - Tall with a muscular frame. Play strength is above average and will fight for positioning. Reliable pass catcher with powerful hands. Able to post up and win the contested catch. Has traits to transition to H-back. Clean footwork and movements in his routes with a decent double move. Has some deceptive quickness out of stemming routes. Will work middle of the field without fear. Handles his responsibilities as a blocker. Good red zone target due to size and toughness.
Weaknesses - Below average athlete for the position. Missing burst off the line and lacks second gear to generate push upfield to threaten cornerbacks. Cornerbacks will sit on his routes. Separation against NFL cornerbacks will be a struggle. Not a threat after the catch. Might not offer much special teams value.
Bottom Line - If this evaluation were purely as a receiving prospect, the draft grade would be lower; however, Cajuste might carry a higher grade as an H-back or tight end which are the two positions where he should project. Cajuste is a willing blocker who also carries some third down and goal line value as a pass catcher which is why we are projecting him as an H-back or move tight end.
The 22-year-old Martinez measures in at 6-2, 237 pounds. The bulk of his playing time came during his last two years at Stanford. He finished his college career with 255 tackles, 6.5 sacks, five interceptions, six passes defensed, and five forced fumbles.
The Eagles can afford to add some depth at linebacker. Martinez could serve as a backup who also contributes on special teams.
CBS Sports projects Martinez as a fifth round selection. Here's a scouting report via NFL.com.
Strengths - Good muscle thickness and one of the most powerful, pound-for-pound players in the program. Has desired temperament to play in the middle. Physical, productive tackler. Downhill linebacker. Business-minded machine against the run, maintaining consistent gap responsibility. Disciplined on back-side squeezing cutback lanes. Stuffs second level leg blocks and keeps gliding down the line. Uses heavy hands at the point of attack. Plays square to line of scrimmage with eyes stuck on runner. Plus balance and keeps his feet. Will dart and dodge past oncoming, second level traffic in lateral pursuit of ball carrier. Improved against the pass from 2014 to 2015. Showed some functional ability in man coverage and is quick to close out throws and limit yards after catch. Offers instant special teams value. Willing worker on "teams" and finds the ball.
Weaknesses - Slow twitch with borderline play speed. Must transition from a power mindset to a little more quickness in everything he does. Will need quicker hands to jab and separate to stay clean against NFL linemen. Below average lateral quickness. Won't win many foot races to the perimeter and has little margin for error with his angles. Not athletic enough to recover if he gets hung up on a block for too long. Too easily fooled into vacating his positioning by play-action. Doesn't have reactive athleticism to quickly recover back into his duties after biting on fakes. More of a block occupier than serious threat when blitzing. Average awareness dropping into zone coverage. Situational awareness needs work.