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Christian Hackenberg | Quarterback

Team: Penn State Nittany Lions
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 212

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TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline grades Penn State junior QB Christian Hackenberg as merely a second-rounder.
"Many have stamped Christian Hackenberg as a franchise signal caller but I don’t see it," Pauline wrote. "While he offers top 15 physical skills his defensive reads, decisions making and often sporadic accuracy worry me." At present moment, we're with him. Many analysts rate Hackenberg as a surefire top-15 pick based on an assumption that he's going to realize his vast potential in 2015. We base our evaluations not on measurements, stats or what other writers think, but what we see on the field. And what we saw last season in Hackenberg was a prospect who doesn't handle pressure well and makes too many mistakes. Aug 2 - 2:56 PM

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Former Detroit Lions president Matt Millen predicted that Penn State junior QB Christian Hackenberg will apply for early entry into the NFL draft in 2016 and go in the top five.

"This is going to be his last year, too," Millen said. "I don't see him staying four years. He is really talented. ... He's a top-five pick." The 6-foot-4, 236-pound Hackenberg had a horrid 12/15 TD/INT ratio in 2014 and also fumbled nine times. Most experts blame those struggles on other factors, such as a new coaching staff and a terrible offensive line; Hackenberg was sacked an amazing 44 times. As we've said before, Hackenberg is out of excuses this fall. We reserve judgement until then.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 2 - 12:58 PM

Sports on Earth's Matt Brown says Penn State junior QB Christian Hackenberg is a top-10 college football player on talent alone, but ranks him No. 76 because of his substandard 2014 performance.

"Hackenberg's accuracy, footwork and decision-making all left a lot to be desired last season, but it's hard to figure out how much unfavorable circumstances around him are to blame," Brown wrote. "The offensive line, ravaged by scholarship restrictions, severely limited the offense -- from the run game to pass protection to play-calling under a new coaching staff -- and Hackenberg seemed to get caught up in all those other issues, with frustration building during the season." The 6-foot-4, 236-pound Hackenberg regressed to an ugly 12/15 TD/INT ratio last year after a very promising freshman campaign. "He has a chance for a big turnaround, with his huge arm, a better line, more seasoned receivers and glimpses of brilliance we've seen from him, like in the first (454 yards vs. UCF) and last games (371 yards vs. Boston College) of last season," Brown wrote.
Jul 31 - 6:37 PM

Penn State junior QB Christian Hackenberg boasts a "prototypical frame that already has scouts drooling" and it "wouldn’t at all be surprising to see him sneak into the top five," writes ESPN's Travis Haney.

"With even a decent season, Hackenberg will be a sizzling-hot NFL prospect in the spring," he added. "Can Hackenberg get his TD-to-INT rate back in good form after it dipped to 12-15 last year? There were plenty of extenuating circumstances that led to such a high turnover rate -- a new coaching staff, an inexperienced line and receiver group -- but in the end, Hackenberg has to show this fall that he can be far more efficient." To the signal-caller's credit, he seems to understand that what happened in 2014 cannot happen again. "I’ve always been a guy to try and immerse myself in the process," Hackenberg said. "Right now, the task at hand is to be better than 7-6 (the team’s 2014 record) and win more football games and to do my part to win more games."
Jul 26 - 7:58 PM

WalterFootball reports that NFL sources are still confident Penn State junior QB Christian Hackenberg could end up "being an elite quarterback prospect."

In other words, a No. 1 overall pick. "James Franklin's offense didn't help him develop much as a NFL pocket-passer prospect last season as so many of the play calls were instant throws because of a weak offensive line that couldn't maintain its blocks," WF noted. "Hackenberg needs to improve his ball placement and decision-making in some areas, but his supporting cast really hurt him last year. At times, Hackenberg makes some brilliant throws downfield after working off his first read, and if he does that regularly as a junior, he could be a high first-rounder." The site ranks Hack as the No. 1 QB in the 2017 class, ahead of Cardale Jones and Jared Goff.
Jul 26 - 4:05 PM

Penn State junior QB Christian Hackenberg was named to the watch list for the Manning Award, which is awarded to the top quarterback in college football.

The Penn State prospect's name has already been added to watch lists for the Maxwell Award, Davey O’Brien Award and the Walter Camp Award this year. The 6-foot-4, 236-pound Hackenberg had an off season last year, as he regressed with a 12/15 TD/INT rate last season under HC James Franklin. However, the Penn State junior has started all 25 career games under center for the Nittany Lions throwing for 5,932 passing yards.
Jul 24 - 3:44 PM

NFL Media's Charles Davis writes that Penn State junior QB Christian Hackenberg "has plenty to clean up (footwork, decision making), but this might be the first year he's truly settled in at Penn State."

"I expect that to work well in his favor, and for him to bounce back, showing the college football world that he's one of the best QBs in the nation," Davis wrote. The 6-foot-4, 236-pounder threw for 2,995 yards and 20 touchdowns as a freshman but struggled mightily in posting a 12/15 TD/INT rate last season. We soured on Hackenberg a bit after watching the sophomore consistently dismiss logic while pressured, but we concede the book is far from closed on him as a prospect. Hackenberg, of course, was learning a new offensive system and played behind a dreadful offensive line. If he struggles this year, he will do so with the excuses having run out. "Hackenberg oozes with possibilities in the college game and beyond," Davis wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 22 - 7:33 PM

"Improved consistency is exactly what NFL scouts are looking for" from Penn State junior QB Christian Hackenberg in 2015, CBS Sports Dane Brugler notes.

"Despite all of his shortcomings on film, Hackenberg should be improved in year two with an improved offensive line, chemistry with his targets and comfort with the coaching staff. And with his physical gifts that suggest he could be the first quarterback drafted next spring, improved consistency is exactly what NFL scouts are looking for from the talented passer in 2015, Brugler wrote. Unfortunately, the 6-foot-4, 236-pound Hackenberg had an off season, as he regressed in 2014 with a 12/15 TD/INT rate last season under HC James Franklin. However, Hackenberg has a chance to keep his draft stock intact, if he lets his natural talent shine through in 2015.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 15 - 2:08 PM

Penn State junior QB Christian Hackenberg is the most overrated quarterback prospect in the nation, in the estimation of With the First Pick's Jon Dove.

"Hackenberg has everything you look for in a quarterback—he has great size, a strong throwing arm, solid athleticism and appears to be a student of the game," Dove wrote. "His leadership ability has already been on display at Penn State which is an important part of a quarterback’s value. However, Hackenberg has also had problems holding up under presser [sic]." Indeed, the 6-foot-4, 236-pounder threw for 2,995 yards and 20 touchdowns as a true freshman but regressed to a 12/15 TD/INT rate last season. "He has a tendency to hold the ball too long, drop his eyes into the pass rush and force the ball into coverage," Dove wrote. "The ability to handle pressure at the next level is key. NFL defensive coordinators know how to rattle a quarterback who reacts poorly to pressure." We agree with this take and hope Hackenberg improves with better offensive line play. We'll reserve judgement until we see that on the field.
Jul 12 - 8:04 PM

Penn State junior QB Christian Hackenberg is "still coveted as the possible No. 1 overall pick in the draft, despite last season's frustrations," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"After a stellar freshman season under Bill O'Brien, Hackenberg faced a 2014 sophomore season with: 1) a new coaching staff; 2) perilous offensive line depth due to NCAA sanctions and the preseason loss of senior guard Miles Dieffenbach; and 3) a receiving corps filled with unproven underclassmen," Brown wrote. "Hackenberg had his own issues, with sloppy footwork, inconsistent accuracy and problems holding onto the ball too long, but frustrations built over the course of the season as the offensive line struggled to create a pocket and struggled to open holes for the running game, while receivers were inconsistent in getting separation." The scribe pegs Hackenberg as the No. 8 quarterback in the country. "When Hackenberg is protected, he can be brilliant, and we mostly recently saw him throw for 371 yards and four touchdowns in the Pinstripe Bowl," Brown wrote. "With a favorable 2015 schedule, Hackenberg has a chance to rebound in a big way."
Jul 7 - 11:34 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah tweeted the positive and negative parts of Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg's current evaluation.

Obviously we have all seen the highlights of Hackenberg's career, many taking place during his freshman season. As Jeremiah puts it, Hack can make "special throws" due to a combination of placement and downfield ability. The negatives? The Penn State quarterback "needs to improve his decision making and touch." We can all agree 2014 was not a good season for Hackenberg, but thankfully another season of tape will be available for his evaluation. Was it the offensive lines fault? Coaching? Or did Hack compound the problem? Hopefully answers are created in 2015.
Jun 30 - 9:24 AM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranked Penn State junior Christian Hackenberg as the No. 2 underclassmen quarterback in the land.

"The pedigree and talent outpace the numbers, which is a good thing because 2014 was a forgettable year for Hackenberg, who had a negative TD-INT ratio and was on his back far too often behind a suspect O-line," Kiper wrote. "A coaching transition was also a clear setback for his development. This will be a big year as Hackenberg will be out to prove 2014 was a confluence of problems he couldn't control." We are in wait-and-see mode with Hackenberg. Some are willing to pawn off his struggles last season on a confluence of factors that Kiper touched on, but we'd prefer he prove it now that there's no excuses left. The 6-foot-4, 236-pounder posted an ugly 12/15 TD/INT rate last season.
Jun 23 - 10:30 PM

Penn State junior QB Christian Hackenberg's "accuracy was absolutely rotten last season and he missed too many opportunities," writes NFL Media's Lance Zierlein.

Despite that, Zierlein ranks him as the nation's No. 7 QB based on his size, arm talent and potential. "His footwork and weight transfer are sloppy and he is below average at recognizing what defenses are doing pre-snap," he wrote. "However, that arm strength is a thing of beauty and he showed outstanding promise in 2013. With eight starters back on offense, Hackenberg has a good shot at a big, bounce-back season." The 6-foot-4, 236-pounder threw for 2,995 yards and 20 touchdowns as a true freshman but regressed to a 12/15 TD/INT rate last season.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 23 - 12:05 AM

Penn State has "a chance to be favored in as many as nine or 10 games this season" and "will be a much better team in [James] Franklin's second season," according to ESPN correspondent Phil Steele.

"Last season, Penn State had a poor offensive line and was in the first season of the James Franklin era with just 12 returning starters," Steele wrote. "This season, the Nittany Lions have 15 returning starters and I think Christian Hackenberg will look like the probable high first-round pick he should be in the 2016 NFL draft." The Nittany Lions currently hold minus-160 odds at 7.5 wins. Steele strongly suggests taking the over.
Jun 9 - 12:09 AM

Only seven offensive lines allowed more frequent sacks on passing downs than Penn State during the 2014 season, according to SB Nation's Bill Connelly.

"Only three teams allowed more run stuffs in the backfield," Connelly writes. In many ways, the school's offense was miserable last year. It starts with the offensive line (with a second round pick at left tackle), but other players failed to elevate the talent. Plenty of players who saw significant action return, but experience does not always equal improved talent.
Source: SB Nation
Jun 2 - 1:39 PM