Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg has been regarded as one of the top NFL Draft prospects for 2016. That was entering into the 2015 season, but last Saturday, the Nittany Lions experienced something they haven’t in over 70 years: a loss to Temple.
The Nittany Lions had a pretty terrible day against the Owls, none more than Hackenberg.
On the day, he threw for just over 100 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. This resulted in a pretty embarrassing quarterback rating of just 3.2.
Considering that the average rating is usually around a 70, that is pretty sad.
Of the 119 quarterbacks who earned a passer rating in Week 1 from the FBS, Hackenberg ranked higher than only six other quarterbacks. He was also second-lowest ranked quarterback from a Power Five conference school, ranking just ahead of Pittsburgh quarterback Chad Voytik.
To say that Hackenberg’s draft stock went down is an understatement.
According to the most recent 2016 NFL Mock Draft by Walter Football, Hackenberg fell from the number one overall pick to completely out of the first round.
Hackenberg is going to have to have a much better showing over the coming months if he doesn’t want to see his stock continue to fall downwards. He has a chance to redeem himself when the Nittany Lions take on the Buffalo Bulls.
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