The former Demon was picked up by Dockers in 2018 with hopes of becoming their next big forward.
However, the Dockers are yet to see the best of Hogan after a second major foot injury last year and mental health problems.
The 25-year old hasn’t played since Round 5 after injuring his calf but has been training as a defender in recent weeks.
“We’re undersized in our backline,” Longmuir said.
“He wants to do it, he’s put his hand up to do it. How long that takes to upskill him to play in our backline – we’ll have to wait and see.
“But he’s had some minutes in the reserves today and executed some stuff pretty well, so we’ll look at that.”
Justin Longmuir on Jesse Hogan playing down back:
That’s the plan at this stage. He’s indicated and we’d like him to go back. We’re obviously undersized down back … he’s played down back as a junior. #AFLFreoHawks
— Ben Cameron (@BenCameron23) August 10, 2020
Longmuir said that he doesn’t see Hogan as a defender long term but it may help develop him more as a player.
“It’s going to be a little bit of a risk because we’re not going to get a lot of opportunity to play against another opposition in an 18 on 18 format.
“So we have to be creative with the way we educate him, with the way we give him opportunities to train as a back. And at some stage we’re just going to have to throw him in.”
Jesse Hogan into defence?
— ABC Grandstand (@abcgrandstand) August 10, 2020