Christian Hackenberg not thinking about NFL yet

Penn State has its final home game of the season on Saturday against the red-hot Michigan Wolverines which means that the team’s seniors will be playing in their final game in Happy Valley.

The general word on the street is that Nittany Lions quarterback Christian Hackenberg, though not a senior, will also be appearing in his final game as he prepares for this year’s NFL Draft.

However, Hackenberg hasn’t even been thinking about turning pro and confirmed as much to Richard Scarcella of the Reading Eagle.

Hackenberg said he's not given thought that Saturday's game might be his last home game at #PennState.

— Richard Scarcella (@nittanyrich) November 17, 2015

Hackenberg would almost certainly be selected at some point if he were to enter this year’s draft class, but would he succeed on the NFL level? He had a fine freshman campaign under Bill O’Brien in 2013 and threw for 2,955 yards and 20 touchdowns, but stumbled his sophomore year under James Franklin.

Hackenberg threw for 2,977 yards, but had just 12 touchdown passes to go with 15 interceptions, though that can be attributed to a weak offensive line and an inexperienced wide receiving corps.

But Hackenberg has done a good job of bouncing back in 2015. He has thrown for 1,992 yards and 13 touchdowns to go with just three interceptions, particularly because Saquon Barkley has provided a reliable rushing attack. If Hackenberg can have some great games against Michigan and also Michigan State, win or lose, his stock can probably rise up from being the sixth-highest quarterback on Rotoworld’s 2016 NFL Draft list.

Needless to say, Campus Sports will update Hackenberg’s status regarding this spring’s draft as new developments emerge.

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