Rapid Reactions to Lions Selection of Doug Hogue


There will be a lot of happy fans now that the Lions have addressed their need at outside linebacker. How was the pick viewed nationally?

WalterFootball.com:

I thought the Lions would address the linebacker position earlier than this. Doug Hogue fills a major need, but I feel like there were better linebackers available. (Pick Grade: C)

Nolan Nawrocki of Pro Football Weekly:

A former running back, Hogue has the run-and-hit skills the Lions desire in their linebackers and possesses a comparable set of traits to DeAndre Levy. With jobs available at outside linebacker in Detroit, Hogue’s athletic ability should allow him to contribute readily on special teams and push for increased playing time, having potential to unseat Zach Follett.

Jon Dove of Mocking the Draft (via CBSsports.com):

The Lions have a need at linebacker and Houge has potential. He played very well last season for a surprise Syracuse team. Grade: B-

Pat Caputo (via twitter):

Thought Doug Hogue was a good pick for the Lions in the fifth round. He runs really well. Will, at minimum, help Lions on special teams.

Wes Bunting (via twitter):

Doug Hogue is a former RB at Cuse made move to LB….will strike u, balanced in drop, struggled picking way through traffic

ESPN.com:

He is undersized and lacks elite point-of-attack skills. However, he moves well laterally with above-average range and can hold up in coverage.

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