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Chiefs grab Stanford QB Kevin Hogan in fifth round


The Kansas City Chiefs have plenty of faith in Alex Smith, but that didn't stop them from adding another quarterback on Saturday.


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The Chiefs used their fifth-round pick (No. 162) on Kevin Hogan, the 6-foot-3, 214-pound passer out of Stanford.

"He's more ready than (Jacoby) Brissett is," one scout told Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "He is accurate. He does pretty much everything well. He has a funny release. Doesn't Philip Rivers have a funny release?"

A starter in three Rose Bowls, Hogan posted a Wonderlic of 38. Chiefs coach Andy Reid loves intelligent passers -- Smith and Aaron Murray both apply -- which makes this a logical landing spot for Hogan, even if we didn't expect them to pick a quarterback. His presence could mean trouble for third-stringer Tyler Bray.

Hogan's film reveals an unusual throwing motion, but more than a few scouts looked past that, with a second telling McGinn: "That (delivery) doesn't bother me. Sonny Jurgensen had a really weird release. Throws it like Philip Rivers. He's cerebral, smooth."

Winning three Pacific-12 Conference titles, Hogan was 16-6 against AP top-25 opponents and posted a career passer rating of 104.2. Reid is sold, meaning Hogan will have a chance to push for the No. 2 job with a strong camp.


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