Only eighty-one painful days stand between us and some glorious Indianapolis Colts football. Unfortunately a long weekend took away from putting up the player profiles for tight ends Erik Swoope, Eric Ebron and Jack Doyle and wide receiver Dres Anderson. We’ll catch up to those on off days, but for now, let’s talk about wide receiver Krishawn Hogan.
In a true story of hard work and dedication to the game paying off, Hogan went from the bench of his high school football field in his freshman through junior seasons all the way to an NFL roster in a matter of years. Starting college at a Division II program in Canton, Ohio, Hogan transferred to Marian University – an NAIA program. In three years in Indiana, Hogan racked up 263 receptions for 4,395 receiving yards – both school records. A first at Marian, Hogan received an invite to the 2017 NFL Combine.
Despite going undrafted in the 2017 NFL Draft, Hogan received several contract offers before joining the Arizona Cardinals on April 29, 2017. Spending the summer in Arizona, Hogan was eventually cut right before the beginning of the season on September 3. He’d remain a free agent for just a day, as the Colts added Hogan to the practice squad – moving him to and from the active roster until placing him on IR on October 10 after tearing his ACL in Week 5. Hogan appeared in just two games for the Colts.
The Fit on The Roster
Of the 13 wide receivers on the roster, Hogan is second tallest and heaviest of the unit at 6-foot-3-inches and 222 pounds – behind just 6-foot-6-inch, 225-pound Kayaune Ross. At the age of 23, Hogan finds himself as part of the younger half of the group but still older than rookies Reece Fountain, Deon Cain and Steve Ishmael.
A deep-ball threat, Hogan does a great job at tracking the long ball and adjusting mid-route to help out arrant throws. His frame is undoubtedly his best trait, posing as a 50-50 catcher and red zone target.
In terms of his position on the team, Hogan is a hard-working body on the depth chart that should spend his time with Indianapolis floating between the active roster and practice squad according to the health of the rest of the receivers.
His highest point of success (college) to me was nothing more than playing an inferior level of competition. His work ethic speaks volumes for his journey to the NFL, but questions about his speed and quickness against professional competition mixed with his ACL recovery suggest to me little to no impact in game time situations moving forward.