Christian Hackenberg Must Revert to Old Ways to Be Next Year’s No. 1 Pick

May 16, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Football isn't baseball. You can't use advanced stats to get a good grasp of how an individual performs when there's 22 moving players who impact counting numbers.
For example, the first overall pick of this past draft class was Jameis Winston, who threw 25 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. When you juxtapose that with Marcus Mariota's touchdown total of 42 and four interceptions, it would appear that Mariota would be a much better player.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers must have felt differently, though, and for good reason. Winston's 2014 statistics didn't take into account of his pro-style offense or his 2013 output, which was 40 touchdowns and 10 interceptions as a redshirt freshman.
A player who seems to emulate Winston's on-field narrative is Christian Hackenberg, who will be a true junior quarterback for the Penn State Nittany Lions in 2015. Like the first overall pick, Hackenberg was an elite high school prospect who landed with an established power in the college footb...

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