Bills Impressed With Stanford's Kevin Hogan As Potential Draft Pick

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Feb 20, 2016 12:10 PM EST
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The Buffalo Bills were reportedly impressed with Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan at the Senior Bowl and could look to target him in the later rounds of the 2016 NFL Draft."

Tyrod Taylor was the first Bills quarterback to be named to Pro Bowl since Drew Bledsoe in 2002 and led Buffalo to an 8-8 record in his first season as an NFL starter. Taylor is under contract with the Bills for the next two seasons, and while he proved himself a viable starter during the 2015 season, the Bills' front office could look to target a quarterback in the 2016 NFL Draft.

One player to keep an eye on is Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan, as the Bills came away from the Senior Bowl very impressed with the Pac-12 quarterback's athleticism and his arm strength, according to Draft Insider's Tony Pauline. Hogan would likely be a late round draft prospect for the Bills and would need time to develop behind Taylor.

The Bills have many needs this offseason, and while quarterback may not be the most pressing, they could still look to target a quarterback they believe they can groom for the future. Former first round quarterback EJ Manuel has not lived up to the hype of being the 16th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft and is entering the last year of his contract in 2016.

It's unknown if the Bills will release Manuel this offseason, as he currently has a $2.8 million cap hit in 2016 and is likely playing his last season in Buffalo. With Manuel moving on either this offseason or next, the Bills will look to find a quarterback that could serve as a solid backup to Taylor, but also someone they believe can lead the team in the future.

Hogan still needs a ton of work before he can become a polished NFL quarterback but has been a winner in college and led the Cardinal to three Pac-12 titles in four years. The Stanford quarterback is considered a third day draft prospect but could be a potential fit in Buffalo.

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