KFFL.com draft analyst Cory J. Bonini recently conducted the following interview with West Virginia Mountaineers cornerback and 2011 NFL Draft prospect Brandon Hogan.
First of all, how is your knee after the torn ACL? Where are you at in your rehab process, and when do you think you'll be 100 percent?
Doing pretty fine, actually. I was out in Texas for the first couple months for my rehabilitation, and now I came back to school. I've been at school working out, getting rehab on my knee. I'm just listening to the doctors and what they tell me. They told me I could start running around April sometime and I can be 100 percent around August maybe.
Have you reached out to any NFL players about the draft process? If so, what advice were you given?
I talked to a few players from my school that were here that went to the league. I talked with my agent, and he tells me it's nothing that I can control, so I'm just gonna handle whatever he tells me. I'm not too worried about it.
What NFL teams have you met with, and do you have any upcoming workouts planned that you can talk about?
I met with a lot of teams, and some asked to keep things confidential. I got a visit with Carolina coming up.
You played quarterback in high school and slot receiver in 2007. How has your time on offense helped you has a cornerback?
It helped a lot, seeing football on the other side of the ball, and then going to defense helps you read a lot of stuff. It helps you know what the quarterback is thinking.
You have shown your versatility. Would you like a chance to play on offense in special packages in the NFL, or are you strictly focused on being a cornerback?
If they said I needed to play sometime on offense, I'd do it.
Do you miss playing quarterback?
Yeah, I miss it! I love quarterback.
What is your favorite memory of your time at West Virginia (on or off the field)?
I have a lot of favorites, man. I can't just pick out one. I liked winning a lot of close games that came down to the wire - winning on a last-second field goal, that type of stuff. Everybody was happy and rushed the field. I did have a lot of fun with my teammates when we'd get a victory like that.
Did you have one play that stood out as your personal favorite or one that you were most proud of?
Any play where I made an interception.
You have been involved in a pair of off-field incidents in the last year. What have the situations taught you the most?
It just taught me that I had to grow up, you know. I made a lot of mistakes. I was young. I just can't mess up anymore ... go away from partying ... just get focused. It just taught me to grow up.
Has this draft process been overwhelming at times?
Not necessarily overwhelming, I have just been trying to soak it up because not everybody gets the opportunity to go to the Combine, be around a bunch of great players and NFL coaches, so I try to soak everything up. Observe stuff ... it's not really overwhelming, I'm just happy I got the chance to do it.
How do you relieve stress and spend your free time?
I just chill, play some games, focus on family and friends.
Do you play fantasy football?
Nah, I don't get into that.
Is it something you could see yourself getting into down the road?
I'm not really that type of guy to get into that fantasy football stuff.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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