Entering the season, Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Christian Hackenberg was widly regarded as one of the top signal-callers in the nation. However, a lackluster start to the season has led to some skepticism about his ability to transition to the pro level.
In a recent post from Walter Football, it is clear that Hackenberg is generating mixed reviews from talent evaluators at the next level.
According to the report, some general managers still view Hackenberg as a first-round talent while others aren’t as kind. One general manager believes Hackenberg does not belong in the first round because “he is a statue in the pocket and has just average accuracy.”
The 6-foot-4, 234-pounder certainly has the size of a prototypical NFL quarterback, but his inconsistency is driving the concerns.
One of the most interesting teams to watch throughout the draft process will be the Houston Texans, who are coached by Bill O’Brien, Hackenberg’s old college coach who got the most out of the signal-caller’s talent.
Whether Hackenberg will be able to iron out his issues and convince scouts he still belongs as a top pick remains to be seen, but it is obvious he will need to put his best foot forward for the remainder of the season and throughout draft season if he wants to go to a top team.
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