Is Christian Hackenberg Really Worth a 1st-Round Pick?

April 24, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

After suffering through a lackluster sophomore and junior campaign, Christian Hackenberg entered the draft process with much frustration from NFL scouts. He showed remarkable promise as a freshman under then-head coach Bill O’Brien but regressed the next two seasons at Penn State, transitioning his first-overall potential into real fear for NFL teams that he wouldn’t blossom into an NFL starter.
Despite his lackluster production and effectiveness at the helm of the Penn State offense, Hackenberg still may be a first-round quarterback in the 2016 NFL draft. His optimistic flashes and experience in a pro-style offense should intrigue teams enough to consider him a capable NFL game manager with the upside to be a franchise passer.
Reason for Optimism
Hackenberg hasn’t developed much since his freshman season, much to the chagrin of NFL evaluators. But that first-year promise hasn’t completely faded from his NFL scouting report. His mechan...

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