The Penn State Nittany Lions have one of the nation’s most talked about quarterbacks under center in Christian Hackenberg, although scouts are always having different opinions about his NFL Draft stock. One of the latest reports that has come out has a scout that has made it very clear that he will be a top-five pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. That is one of the most bold statements that has been made about him, but it can’t be looked over.
Hackenberg is coming off of a bad season in 2014, in which he threw for 2,977 yards, 12 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.
Those numbers are simply not the type of stats that are going to make a player a top-five pick in an NFL Draft. He would likely go in one of the middle rounds at this point in time, although there is a chance that his physical potential alone could make him a second-round pick. Hackenberg has a lot of work to do this season, but his potential is through the roof.
There is a good chance that Hackenberg could end up sticking around one more season at Penn State, and playing out his senior year. If he’s unable to put up huge numbers this year like many are expecting, then it would be nearly guaranteed that he would return for one more season.
At 6-foot-4 and 236 pounds, Hackenberg fills out the prototypical size of an NFL quarterback. One thing that coaches can’t teach is size, but they can work with the size that they are given and develop the all-around talent. That is one thing that the Penn State quarterback has going for him, although he still has a lot of development to do in order to interest teams enough to want to work with him.
Penn State isn’t currently expected to be all that competitive this season, although they do have quite a bit of raw talent on their roster.
It is going to be a very intriguing season to watch Hackenberg as he grows as a player. He has the talent to take his game to a completely new level this year, but it will be very difficult for him to live up to the top-five pick hype.
No matter what ends up happening this season, the future appears bright for Hackenberg with all of the scouts beginning to take notice of him and drum up free publicity.