The Syracuse senior linebacker was picked in the fifth round — No. 157 overall — by the Detroit Lions. If you recall from Thursday’s story, Hogue said the Lions flew him to Detroit after the NFL combine. He said they didn’t actually work him out, instead using the meeting to interview him and probe him about his thought process on the football field.
“Hogue made the most sense for us at 157. Work in progress as a former RB, but fits exactly what we’re looking for at LB. Can develop for us.”
Clearly, Hogue has an opportunity to be part of an up-and-coming defense. The Lions had last year’s defensive rookie of the year, DT Ndamukong Suh, and just drafted DT Nick Fairley from Auburn. Fairley is fresh off a BCS National Championship.
UPDATE, 4:38 p.m.: I just talked to Hogue on the phone. His family was just beginning its celebration at his sister Lashonda’s house in Yonkers.
“I’m still on a high right now,” Hogue said. “I’ve seen dudes I played against picked before me, and I didn’t know what was going to happen. I was on the edge of my seat the whole draft.”
Then, linebackers coach Matt Burke called (and soon passed the phone to head coach Jim Schwartz) with Detroit on the clock and asked if Hogue wanted to be part of the Lions. Shortly after, Hogue saw his name pop up on ESPN.
“I started crying,” he said. “My mom was crying. My dad (pictured above at Doug’s last Syracuse home game) got up and walked out of the room because he was crying. It’s still so surreal.”