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Christian Hackenberg | Quarterback

Team: Penn State Nittany Lions
Age / DOB:  (21) / 2/14/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 223

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Jets selected Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg with the No. 51 overall pick in the 2016 draft.
Hackenberg (6'4/223) looked like a future No. 1 overall NFL pick under Bill O'Brien before spending the last two seasons struggling mightily in James Franklin's offense. In 2014-2015, Hackenberg completed just 54.8% of his throws with a 6.53 YPA and 28:21 TD-to-INT ratio. As a 38-game starter, Hackenberg's career record was 21-17. Although Hackenberg is a plus athlete with NFL size and arm strength, he is a scattershot ball locator with major technical flaws and absorbed 104 career sacks. Hackenberg offers growth potential -- he turned 21 in February whereas Carson Wentz will turn 24 later this year -- but he is clearly a multi-year project. Apr 29 - 8:51 PM

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TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that some of his NFL sources believe Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg will get taken before Paxton Lynch.

Out of nowhere, Hackenberg has been infused with some serious stock helium over the past 24 hours. First, MMQB's Peter King report that the Bills will consider him in Rd. 1, now the even more unbelievable dispatch that Hack may go over Lynch, who most consider a top-20 lock. Interestingly, just like King didn't believe that Buffalo would actually take Hack in Rd. 1, Pauline also doesn't believe Hack will go over Lynch. "I do not buy this opinion, but expect Hackenberg to be off the board during the early part of the second round as the San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins are all considering him in the top half of that frame," Pauline wrote.
Apr 25 - 3:19 PM

MMQB's Peter King reports that "some in the NFL are convinced" the Bills will consider taking Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg in Rd. 1.

Some inside the organization, according to King, perceive Hackenberg as being good coaching away from being a good player. That team owner Terry Pegula has deep roots at Penn State doesn't hurt Hack's cause to crash the first round party. Despite having been the one to report the news, King isn't buying it. "I can’t see it," he wrote. "Rex Ryan’s a Tyrod Taylor guy, and he won’t want that messed with. Ryan wants a tough disruptor in the front seven from this draft, and it’s got to be someone who can get to the quarterback because the Bills were so bad at that last year."
Source: MMQB
Apr 25 - 2:32 PM

An NFL scout who spoke with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel said that Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg "doesn't have a clock in his head."

No argument on that front from us. There is a vast body of evidence that has shown Hackenberg consistently rattled by oncoming defenders, blitzes and gentle breezes. "I understand they had a poor offensive line but that's too many sacks," the scout said. "Throw the ball away. Do something. He has talent but he scares the hell out of me." We are 100% on-board with that assessment. Arm talent means little when you don't have the head to use it. Whether Penn State simply broke Hackenberg, he broke himself or a combination of the two, there is legitimate work to be done here before Hack can realistically be discussed as someone who could positively impact an NFL offense.
Apr 21 - 5:45 PM

Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg denied that he threw former HC James Franklin under the bus during NFL interviews.

"I basically went into every interview and said here's what we did. And the overruling theme was that it was just different," Hackenberg said. The 6-foot-4, 223-pound gunslinger went so far as to describe the very idea of blaming Franklin as "asinine" and said that it would be "shocking" to him if a team misinterpreted his statements. Nice spin game, Mr. Hackenberg, nice spin game. ESPN's Jon Gruden believes the former Nittany Lion deserves to be a first-round selection, but a Day 2 pick as high as the second round is probably more realistic at this point.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 21 - 1:17 PM

ESPN's Jon Gruden wrote that he would be "shocked" if Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg is not selected on Day 1.

Let us state upfront and on the record that Rotoworld's collective NFL Draft coverage team would not be shocked if Hack failed to scrape the first round. We don't see him as a first-round prospect at this point, period. But let's see Gruden's spin game here. "What he showed during that first year at Penn State -- before the coaching change, before the system change, before all the things that derailed him -- would be enough for me to take this guy early," Gruden wrote in referencing Hackenberg's performance from 2013. The Monday Night Football personality believes he "just has to get in the right system with the right people and refocus on the small details." The 6-foot-4, 223-pounder is visiting the Redskins on Tuesday.
Apr 19 - 1:59 PM

Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg is visiting the Redskins on Tuesday.

This, according to NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport. Rapoport additionally reported that Hackenberg met with the Jets on Monday. Given their limited options at signal-caller right now, the Jets' interest in Hack is understandable, even if we view him as a troubling quarterback prospect. As to the Redskins, slightly less understandable. They applied the franchise tag to Kirk Cousins at the beginning of March and at least outwardly, it would seem that Hackenberg would be something of a broken luxury pick. A Day 2 selection (second and third rounds) is most likely for the embattled Penn State gunslinger.
Apr 19 - 12:50 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris slots the Broncos Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg at No. 63.

In the duo's running Draft Needs series, Rotoworld's Evan Silva identified quarterback as the organization's biggest draft need. No surprise there, following the retirement of Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler's defection south. Now, the defending champs' QB depth chart is the following: 1.) Mark Sanchez, 2.) Trevor Siemian, 3.) Papa John. Better quarterbacks, better offense, Papa Elway. Or something like that. Our draft team would avoid Hack on Day 2, but the NFL is likely too enamored with upside to take our advice.
Source: Rotoworld
Apr 6 - 4:54 PM

The Eagles will work out Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg privately on Friday.

Hat tip to Adam Caplan of ESPN for the report. In addition to looking into Hackenberg, the Eagles will host QBs Carson Wentz, Jared Goff and Dak Prescott for pre-draft visits in the coming weeks.
Apr 6 - 4:19 PM

Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg was put through a private workout by the Cowboys on Wednesday.

Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo reports the Cowboys are looking for a developmental quarterback in this draft, which makes sense as the team has nothing behind Tony Romo. "Developmental" is a word with a positive connotation to it. However, we rarely see quarterbacks drastically change their game enough to go from non-starter to quality starter, fulfilling the "potential" many analysts have graced prospects with. Hackenberg will likely be picked in the third or fourth round.
Mar 31 - 9:54 AM

MMQB's Robert Klemko reports that executives on two separate teams he spoke with expressed disappointment with the way Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg has handled his interviews.

Of note, these are two teams actually interested in Hackenberg as a prospect, rather than two teams just throwing words into the void. They are specifically disappointed in the fact that Hackenberg apparently threw Penn State HC James Franklin under the bus when asked about his declining numbers from 2014 and 2015. Said one personnel member MMQB's Klemko spoke with, "Despite the fact that it’s probably true, you don’t want to hear a kid say that." The 6-foot-4, 223-pound gunslinger has faced as much scrutiny as any player in this draft pool and could probably share a few frustrated draft-process anecdotes with Michigan State QB Connor Cook in a dusty bar someday down the road. Both players could be drafted as early as the second round (or even the first round, if a team grows antsy), but they are also prime candidates to slide back to the third as quarterbacks like Ohio State's Cardale Jones pick up draft steam.
Source: MMQB
Mar 25 - 5:54 PM

An AFC scout told he wants to wait and see how the Jets approach free agency and trade before assuming they will draft a quarterback.

"Are they bringing back [Ryan Fitzpatrick]? Are they trading for one, signing one, is the RG III stuff for real? Maybe they go early if one of the guys fall and they like him. I wouldn't," the scout said. He added that beyond an early quarterback draft choice, he could see them waiting around for Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg. He referred to the 6-foot-4, 223-pound Hackenberg as Jets OC Chan Gailey's "kind of guy, maybe."
Mar 21 - 10:13 PM

An NFC scout who spoke with noted that should the Eagles forego drafting a quarterback in the first round, they could take a later chance on Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg or Ohio State QB Cardale Jones.

That same scout likes Memphis QB Paxton Lynch as a possible Eagles target should they opt to spend the eighth overall selection on a quarterback. If not, Jones and Hackenberg are alternate options for deeper in the pool. Both young men drew strong reviews for their respective Pro Days over the last few weeks, with Hack reportedly completing 44-of-52 passes on Thursday. For his part, Jones showcased his casual slick athleticism and arm strength. NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah's gone so far as to say that he believes that a team will take a chance on Jones in the second round. Hack's draft stock has swung a bit more wildly, but even if he slides out of the second round, he will likely be drafted by the end of Day 2.
Mar 21 - 8:07 PM

The Bills had a "very large contingent" on hand at Penn State's Pro Day last week, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

As a team looking for a developmental quarterback, Buffalo may have been there to dissect QB Christian Hackenberg. Hackenberg's Pro Day performance generally drew a positive reception, but Pauline noted that the ball "comes out of his hand funny on occasion and flutters."
Mar 20 - 6:17 PM

Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg's draft coach Jordan Palmer indicated that he believes the quarterback knocked his Pro Day out of the park on Thursday.

"I honestly think [Pro Day] was an A. He spun the ball really, really well, which was something that there were questions on coming off the tape. I thought he was really on balance, really smooth," Palmer said. This jives with what an evaluator told NFL Media reporter Kimberly Jones at Pro Day when he said that there was "no doubt" that the embattled Penn State gunslinger improved his draft stock. It has been reported that Hack completed 44-of-52 passes overall on Thursday. Said Palmer, "You’re going to start to hear a buzz nationally," Palmer said, "of Christian Hackenberg trending upward." Not adding to that buzz: Pro Football Focus, who recently tabbed the 6-foot-4, 223-pounder as the most overrated prospect in the draft.
Mar 18 - 8:34 PM