|Brandon Hogan CB West Virginia|
|Well built and strong for size. Elite athletic tools. Decent overall speed and quickness. Great ball skills; a converted wide receiver. Experienced on kick/punt returns. A hard hitter for a cornerback and a reasonably reliable tackler. Could potential play some free safety in the pros. A tough all-around player.|
|Serious character concerns – enough to remove him from some draft boards. Arrested for a DUI and arrested again just three weeks later for driving with a suspended licence. Was suspended indefinitely after the incident but was later reinstated. Also cited for disorderly conduct in a separate incident 2010. Missed parts of spring practices in 2010 due to academic issues. Suffered a torn ACL in December, potentially limiting his availability for the 2011 season.|
|Hogan has legitimate starter potential but far too many concerns to warrant a selection before the 6th or 7th round. If he is able to stay healthy and out of trouble he has plenty of upside, but some teams may simply believe he isn’t worth the trouble.|
* The most well-known prospect in this game is West Virginia running back Noel Devine. He’s an explosive athlete, but probably isn’t anything more than a kick returner/3rd-string running back at the next level. His stock has also been hurt by a foot injury which has slowed him for much of this season. He probably won’t come off the board until the 6th or 7th round and may struggle to make a roster if he can’t win a job on special teams.
* The top prospect in the game is actually West Virginia safety Robert Sands. He is a gifted athlete with rare size for the position (6’5″, 220 lbs). He’s primarily played free safety at West Virginia, but is probably better suited to play strong safety or even outside linebacker in a 4-3 scheme in the NFL. He’s only a junior but definitely could make the jump this season.
* Another player in West Virginia’s secondary to keep an eye on is cornerback Brandon Hogan. Personally I think Hogan is extremely overrated. He’s had some off-field issues and has been inconsistent throughout his career. However, he clearly has the athleticism and raw talent necessary to play at the next level. If he reaches his full potential he could be a starter, but I wouldn’t draft him until the 5th or 6th round.
* On the offensive side of the ball for the Mountaineers, keep an eye on wide receiver Jock Sanders. Like Devine, he is undersized and will be limited in his ability to make an impact at the next level. However, he does have big-play ability and could contribute on special teams.
* The player to watch for N.C. State is inside linebacker Nate Irving, who may end up being their only player drafted this April. He doesn’t have elite speed, but has been tremendously productive for the Wolfpack. He should be a mid-round pick and is definitely one of the more intriguing sleepers at his position. He’s the type of guy who has the instincts to potential excel at the next level despite limited physical tools.