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Penn State redshirt sophomore WR DaeSean Hamilton's "second year on the field should result in more big plays," notes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

Hamilton redshirted in 2013 after suffering a wrist injury, but he caught 82 passes for 899 yards and two touchdowns in a healthy 2014 campaign. While draft analyst Reuter sees more big plays heading his way this season, National Football Post writer Eric Saltzman cautions that the 6-foot-1, 211-pound receiver "does not have great long speed and does not have great size."
Source: NFL.com
Aug 27 - 6:23 PM

Penn State redshirt senior DL Anthony Zettel "uses a variety of moves to beat his man," notes CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler.

Zettel demonstrates "aggressive hands, quick feet and a deadly spin move to blow up the A-gap" in the eyes of analyst Brugler. In fact, the CBS Sports writer believes that there's sometimes too much of a good thing with the 6-foot-4, 274-pound redshirt senior. Brugler notes that Zettel's naturally aggressive nature causes him to occasionally overrun angles, going so far as to say that the defensive lineman "tends to play too hard at times." Last season, he recorded eight sacks, 17 TFL and three interceptions. He might over-rev the engine on occasion, but he remains a potential first-round selection.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 26 - 5:07 PM

Per the National Football Post's Eric Saltzman, Penn State redshirt sophomore WR DaeSean Hamilton will attract teams "looking for a receiver who is good at racking up yards after the catch."

"When Hamilton gets the ball, it looks like he has a plan to how he wants to elude defenders, and is aided by some good quickness," Saltzman wrote. "However, Hamilton does not have great long speed and does not have great size." The 6-foot-1, 198-pound Hamilton led the Big Ten with 82 catches last year, though he turned them into only 899 yards and two scores. To be fair, a terrible Nittany Lions offensive line didn't give Christian Hackenberg much time to put him in advantageous, open-field situations.
Aug 24 - 8:15 PM

Penn State has yet to name a starting LT for the upcoming season.

Redshirt freshman Chance Sorrell and JUCO transfer Paris Palmer are competing for the starting gig. As beat writer Josh Moyer puts it, the "position could prove to be an Achilles' heel" in 2015. Last year's left tackle, Donovan Smith, was selected in the second-round by the Bucs. Many point to the offensive line as Penn State's top issue last year. It definitely could have been better, but there are ways for the quarterback and play calling to compensate for those issue.
Source: ESPN
Aug 19 - 11:38 AM

Penn State T Paris Palmer has been "tentative" in practice according to head coach James Franklin.

A talented JUCO transfer, Palmer is projected to take over left tackle duties in the place of the recently drafted Donovan Smith. He's still got some work to do. Franklin described the 6-foot-7, 278-pounder as lacking confidence, saying, "We've just got to speed up his maturation process."
Aug 12 - 9:07 PM

NFL Media analyst Chase Goodbread believes Penn State junior QB Christian Hackenberg needs to release the ball faster if he's going to fulfill his potential.

Said Goodbread, "There is a fine line between showing patience in the pocket waiting for receivers to come open, and showing no sense for the oncoming rush and the value of a throwaway." The NFL.com writer cited former Alabama QB A.J. McCarron as an example of a quarterback who learned to get rid of the ball faster. Hackenberg has more talent than McCarron, but he threw 15 interceptions last season (to just 12 TD's) while completing only 55.8% of his passes. He'll need to make marked improvements if he's going to justify a high draft selection.
Aug 12 - 3:14 PM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis sees Penn State junior QB Christian Hackenberg as a candidate to go No. 1 overall.

"I see (a) guy who could be everything, I see a guy who could be the No. 1 pick in the draft," Davis said. Former Detroit Lions president Matt Millen made similar comments about Hackenberg recently. "This is going to be his last year, too," Millen said last month. "I don't see him staying four years. He is really talented. ... He's a top-five pick." We need to see improved decision-making before we're willing to agree.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 11 - 6:37 PM

Penn State redshirt senior DL Anthony Zettel is a "disruptive athlete with a quick first step, plenty of strength and speed that makes him impossible to handle on the interior," notes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"A former defensive end, Zettel terrorized opposing backfields under coordinator Bob Shoop last year, leading the way for one of the nation's stingiest defenses," Brown wrote. The analyst grades Zettel as the No. 18 college football player in the country. The 6-foot-4, 278-pound Zettel logged eight sacks, 17 TFL and three interceptions last year.
Aug 9 - 5:43 PM

ESPN's Kevin Van Valkenburg spoke with one NFL scout who thinks Penn State junior QB Christian Hackenberg is "easily a top-five pick."

Even Penn State fans would say Hackenberg's play last year does not warrant a top five selection. Luckily, the NFL gets another year to evaluate. Hackenberg has a lot of "tools" that are displayed when making difficult throws many quarterbacks could not complete. Then there are instances of poor understanding of pressure or inaccurate throws downfield. We'd be interested to hear the scout's reasoning for the top five projection.
Source: ESPN
Aug 6 - 10:21 AM

Penn State junior Christian Hackenberg finished with College Football Focus' lowest QB grade in the entire FBS last season.

You have seen many analysts say Hackenberg is the best quarterback in the country and has the talent to be the No. 1 pick, but does it matter if those tools are used to produce negative results? There were plenty of issues around Hackenberg last season, include poor offensive line play and possibly questionable coaching. However, Hackenberg's play did not compensate for those mistakes often enough. He had a major hand in his high sack totals. We are happy to see another season of game action, and these grades are opinion, but it is more than fair to have questions about Hackenberg's game.
Aug 5 - 1:23 PM

Penn State redshirt senior TE Kyle Carter's stock could jump if he's featured more in the passing game this fall, thinks NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

"Carter's numbers in the past two seasons combined haven't matched those he put up as a redshirt freshman in 2012," Reuter wrote. "Still, he is a skilled tight end/H-back who is also willing to use his body as a blocker on the move and in-line." The 6-foot-3, 247-pound Carter recorded only 16 catches for 153 yards and one touchdown in 2014 while sharing time with Jesse James. "If Carter can connect with junior quarterback Christian Hackenberg more often as a senior and shows off his athleticism to scouts after the season, they'll consider him more than a move-the-chains passing-game option," Reuter wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 3 - 10:39 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris sees elements of Mychal Rivera in Penn State redshirt senior TE Kyle Carter's game.

"Of Big 10 [tight ends], he is the most fluid receiver and can win in one on one situations with athleticism, body control and size," Norris wrote. "I doubt Carter becomes an all-around tight end at the NFL level, however, a receiving role player at the position can be quite valuable." We'd love to see Christian Hackenberg look Carter's way far more often this fall (the 6-foot-3, 247-pounder had only 16 catches last year). Our complete Big 10 prospect breakdown -- replete with more Vines than the rainforest -- is available at the link below.
Source: Rotoworld
Aug 3 - 2:41 PM

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

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

Penn State redshirt senior DL Anthony Zettel "is a prospect I may have underrated," admitted TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"He possesses the measurables and nastiness to be a big time player but really needs to put it together," Pauline wrote. Zettel drew a fourth-round grade from the expert. As a point of comparison, ESPN's Mel Kiper grades Zettel as the No. 3 senior defensive tackle prospect in the nation. The 6-foot-4, 278-pound Zettel started his career at DE but has become a force at DT for the Nittany Lions, adding 25 pounds of muscle to facilitate his transition inside.
Jul 31 - 9:52 PM


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