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Christian Hackenberg | Quarterback

Team: Penn State Nittany Lions
Age / DOB:  (21) / 2/14/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 212

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Eric Galko of Optimum Scouting writes that he's mocking Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg to the Texans "in dark pencil until I hear otherwise, even if that means mocking it in round one for now."
"From people close to the Hackenberg family and from what I’ve heard of the Texans decision-making dynamic, it’s too perfect of a fit," Galko wrote. "The Texans need an NFL-ready quarterback, and Hackenberg showed #1 overall promise with Bill O’Brien as his head coach. I have been told Connor Cook-Bill O’Brien connections in the past, and I can’t entirely rule out that connection either." O'Brien was the very first person Hackenberg thanked in his declaration speech. He's also the last coach for whom Hack played well. It wouldn't be surprising if there was fire at the end of this tunnel of smoke, but we're a few months from finding out for sure. Feb 9 - 4:11 PM

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In light of NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport's report that the Browns will release QB Johnny Manziel, NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein speculates that the club may target a prototypical pocket-passing quarterback in the draft.

"(Browns HC Hue Jackson) gave up a first- and second-rounder to trade for Carson Palmer (with the Oakland Raiders in 2011). That should tell you something. With the Bengals, he attacked down the field. He likes a quarterback with an arm that can attack down the field vertically," Zierlein said. "Andy Dalton is a guy he's had who takes shots down the field. That's kind of how he's called his plays and that's what he sought out in Oakland." So who might be a fit in this draft class? "(Christian) Hackenberg's got a big arm and some touch down the field with it," he said. "If you want to take a (later) chance with it, it could be Hackenberg or Cardale Jones. I think the guys in the second part of the draft have as big an arm (as the top QB prospects)." Zierlein also mentioned North Carolina State's Jacoby Brissett as an option. Of course, Jackson has indicated he wants to take a QB No. 2 overall, which would preclude these developmental types.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 2 - 7:12 PM

Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg's "upside potential excites NFL decision-makers," reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Some eyebrows were raised when Hackenberg left for the NFL Draft after two dismal seasons, but the situation at Penn State was untenable for him," Pauline wrote. "He offers the physical skills to start on Sunday and teams truly believe with proper coaching he’ll reach his potential in the NFL, something Hackenberg would’ve never achieved on the college level. No one I’ve spoken with in the past two months believes Hackenberg will drop out of the draft’s top 75 picks." Hackenberg has been training for the draft with Jordan Palmer, brother of Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer. ESPN's Todd McShay grades the 6-foot-4, 212-pounder as a third-rounder and an anonymous NFC scout told NFL.com last month that Hack should be chosen by the end of the Round 3 "at the absolute latest."
Feb 1 - 3:54 PM

Penn State isn't going to miss QB Christian Hackenberg much, argues ESPN analyst KC Joyner.

Hack's 56.4 Total QBR against Power 5 opponents ranked No. 41 out of 57 among qualified Power 5 quarterbacks last year. Not all of that was his fault, but it was clear he wasn't a fit for James Franklin's offense. "He and James Franklin never did seem to be on the same page that Hackenberg and Bill O'Brien, Franklin's head-coaching predecessor at Penn State, were, but Franklin has a history of successfully developing passers (Josh Freeman, Danny O'Brien, Jordan Rodgers) and has three talented prospects (Trace McSorley, Tommy Stevens and Jake Zembiec) to vie for the starting job," Joyner wrote. "Whoever wins that role will benefit from one of the most experienced offensive platoons in college football, as the Nittany Lions lost only 15 receptions from last year's squad and return four of five starters on the offensive line."
Feb 1 - 2:16 PM

Penn State HC James Franklin said that QB Christian Hackenberg called him the day after he declared for the draft and that the two had "a great conversation."

Said Franklin, "He thanked me and the staff for everything they have done. And we had a great conversation on the phone." When Hackenberg declared for the draft, he thanked a slew of people, including the video coordinator, but left Franklin out of the mix. While it appears to be water under the bridge, the coach did indicate he was relieved to hear from his former 6-foot-4, 212-pound gunslinger. "I think Christian is going to go on and do wonderful things, I'm very, very supportive of that," Franklin said, "But I was glad that Christian picked up the phone and called me the next day."
Source: Penn Live
Jan 23 - 12:36 PM

Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg is training for the draft with Jordan Palmer, brother of Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer.

Palmer--an eight-year NFL backup--has experience training highly drafted quarterbacks. Current Jaguars' QB Blake Bortles similarly worked with him before the Jags selected him with the No. 3 pick in the 2014 draft. He admitted that the 6-foot-4, 212-pound NFL hopeful will have an uphill climb in the draft, at least in some respects. "In my opinion," Palmer said, "Christian will have to straddle the line of taking complete ownership for any of the problems Penn State had on offense and the reality--that he was in a very difficult situation to succeed." Hack figures to be drafted in the first three rounds, a drastic fall considering he drew hype early in his career as a potential No. 1 pick. His progression's been frustrating, to say the least.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 22 - 7:37 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt would have advised Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg to return to school.

The No. 1 QB recruit in 2013 played well for current Texans coach Bill O'Brien out of the chute, winning Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Things went downhill after O'Brien left. "Hackenberg never came back around to show anything the last two years under James Franklin, throwing more interceptions than touchdowns as a sophomore and averaging fewer than 200 yards a game in 2015," Brandt wrote. "I'm not saying he would have suddenly turned things around as a senior, but there certainly are a lot of questions surrounding him in this draft. He does have an ally in O'Brien, and the Texans do need a quarterback, so there's that." ESPN's Todd McShay grades he 6-foot-4, 212-pound Hackenberg as a third-rounder. An anonymous NFC scout told NFL.com earlier this month that Hack should be chosen by the end of the Round 3 "at the absolute latest."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 22 - 6:00 PM

Penn State TE Kyle Carter said "I know so" when asked if he believes QB Christian Hackenberg can be a franchise quarterback.

Said Carter, "I've seen [Hackenberg] produce at a high level multiple times. You've just got to get him in the right offense with the right guy, and you'll see it." Carter also brought up Hack's lopsided sack-rate, saying that the 6-foot-4, 212-pounder "stood through that the whole time." While it's nice that his teammate's sticking up for him, we've seen far, far too much inconsistency and bad football decisions from Hackenberg to share the view that he's a potential cornerstone. That being said, it's very possible that he's drafted in the first three rounds. If your team selects him early, though, be afraid. Be very, very afraid.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 21 - 9:44 PM

An NFC player personnel director told NFL.com that Penn State junior QB Christian Hackenberg's footwork and accuracy need work and his accuracy may not improve in the NFL.

The player personnel director said he "wants to buy in so badly" because of Hack's size, arm, presence and commitment (he's speaking in part about Hackenberg following through on his Penn State commitment after the school was hit with sanctions for the Jerry Sandusky scandal). "This will be a very difficult evaluation for me," he said. ESPN's Todd McShay sees Hackenberg as a third-rounder and an anonymous NFC scout told NFL.com last week that Hack should be chosen by the end of the Round 3 "at the absolute latest."
Source: NFLPA Bowl
Jan 9 - 12:34 PM

An NFC scout told NFL.com that Penn State junior QB Christian Hackenberg should be chosen by the end of the Round 3 "at the absolute latest."

The 6-foot-4, 212-pounder declared for the 2016 NFL Draft after Saturday's bowl game. While he threw only six interceptions in 13 games this year, don't be fooled: Hack's accuracy remains a major question mark. And despite his big arm, PSU was unable to stretch vertically this fall. Hackenberg completed just 53 percent of his passes while throwing for 16 touchdowns. He took 103 sacks over three seasons and must improve his anticipation, footwork and reaction to pressure. ESPN's Todd McShay sees Hackenberg as a third-rounder. Rotoworld sees a monster mash of Brandon Weeden and Zach Mettenberger. Hackenberg deserves to be drafted, but at our evaluation, we wouldn't be the ones taking him in the spring.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 3 - 2:24 PM

Penn State HC James Franklin said that junior QB Christian Hackenberg's shoulder injury was "not anything really serious."

Hackenberg was knocked out of Saturday's TaxSlayer Bowl tango with Georgia after he landed on his throwing shoulder (that's his right one) in the second quarter. He didn't re-enter the contest and after the game declared for the 2016 NFL Draft. X-rays came back negative for the 6-foot-4, 212-pound junior. He'll have some time to rest up the bum wing before the draft process commences in full. Hack figures to be one of the more debated names in the pool, as his talent and his results have not always lined up.
Jan 2 - 5:21 PM

Penn State junior QB Christian Hackenberg announced he will declare for the 2016 NFL Draft.

We all knew this was the eventual outcome. Hackenberg left his final game as a Penn State Nittany Lion due to a shoulder sprain. We rarely see careers like Hackenberg's come along. A solid freshman season under a now NFL coach raised expectations to the sky, and his play the next two seasons did not meet them. He will be the most polarizing and potentially the most scrutinized player during the draft. Rather than say he "sticks" or "is great," evaluators will want to work within the grey area on this one by pointing out positives and highlighting negatives. Landing spot will be critical for Hackenberg's development.
Jan 2 - 4:14 PM

Penn State junior QB Christian Hackenberg (shoulder) was ruled out for the remainder of Saturday's TaxSlayer Bowl against Georgia.

Hackenberg landed hard on his throwing shoulder in the second quarter after taking a shot while scrambling. He's spent the second half in street clothes on the sidelines. Replaced by backup Trace McSorley, it's possible Hackenberg's collegiate career is over. We'll find out his NFL intentions shortly.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 2 - 2:29 PM

Penn State junior QB Christian Hackenberg left Saturday's game against Georgia in the second quarter with a right shoulder injury and walked to the locker room.

Hackenberg took a hit on a scramble and was seemingly driven to the ground. He came up favoring the shoulder, but completed a pass shortly thereafter. There are eight minutes left in the first half, so this seems like something more than just an extended half time break. Hackenberg made a couple of nice throws in the first half, and some bad ones. Basically, what was expected.
Jan 2 - 1:05 PM

The Penn State Nittany Lions (7-5) take on the Georgia Bulldogs (9-3) in the Taxslayer Bowl on January 2.

The Bulldogs are seven-point favorites for the game being played on EverBank Field in Jacksonville. These teams are very similar. Both play uninspired offense (PSU is No. 56 in S&P+'s ranks, while UGA is No. 73) and tough defense (PSU is No. 16 and UGA is No. 11). Both offenses are led by the rushing attacks (PSU is No. 38 and UGA is No. 14) and play at snail's paces (both are No. 123 or lower in plays per game and adjusted pace). That's where the offensive similarities end. The Nittany Lions are explosive (No. 15) and illogical (No. 110 efficiency) while Georgia is mediocre in both metrics but awful in neither (Nos. 60 and 52, respectively). The Bulldogs will be playing without their head coach, offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator, while the Nittany Lions are attempting to snap a three-game losing streak.
Source: SB Nation
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 02:05:00 PM