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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

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

Penn State redshirt senior DL Anthony Zettel "made a great transition from defensive end last season, combining strength that belies his size with plenty of penetrating plays," according to ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"He finished with a team-leading 17.0 TFLs and should be in line for a similar output in 2015," Kiper wrote. The draft expert grades Zettel as the No. 3 senior defensive tackle prospect in the nation. Zettel, 6-foot-4, 278 pounds, added 42 tackles, eight sacks and three interceptions and earned first-team All-Big Ten honors last year.
Jul 19 - 5:51 PM

Penn State redshirt senior TE Kyle Carter's "skill-set is more of a hybrid receiver, tight end and H-back with his size and versatility to line up anywhere on the offense," CBS Sports Dane Brugler observes.

The 6-foot-3, 247-pound Carter recorded only 16 catches for 153 yards and one touchdown in 2014. However, the last two seasons Carter has shared time with Jesse James, Adam Breneman at tight end for the Nittany Lions. Carter could take on a much bigger role in Penn State's offense this season. Earlier this month, Carter was named to the Mackey Award Watch List; the award is given annually to the most outstanding tight end in College Football.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 15 - 4:13 PM

Penn State senior DB Jordan Lucas has the "confidence and aggressive demeanor that are excellent building blocks for NFL coaches," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler observes.

"He needs to be more reliable using his arms to wrap and finish as a tackler, but he loves contact downhill, attacking without hesitation and striking like a much bigger man. Although he tends to play hands-on downfield, which will get him in trouble, Lucas has the confidence and aggressive demeanor that are excellent building blocks for NFL coaches," Brugler wrote. Last season, Lucas recorded 58 tackles, while adding a pair of sacks to his resume. The 6-foot, 193-pound Lucas is making the transition to safety this season, after starting at cornerback the last two years for the Nittany Lions. The Penn State prospect could up his stock with his ability to play multiple positions in the secondary.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 15 - 3:17 PM

Penn State redshirt senior DL Anthony Zettel's "skill-set projects to both even and odd fronts in the NFL," CBS Sports Dane Brugler believes.

"Although he doesn't have prototypical size for an interior defensive line prospect, Zettel's skill-set projects to both even and odd fronts in the NFL and if he matches or exceeds his 2014 performance, the first round will be calling his name," Brugler writes. 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 during his transition inside. Last season Zettel recorded 42 tackles, 8.0 sacks, three interceptions and eight passes defended.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 15 - 2:44 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


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