Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg has officially requested an evaluation from the NFL Draft Advisory Board, according to a tweet from Greg Pickel of PennLive.
There’s no other way to say this, but Hackenberg declaring for the NFL Draft at this point is a terrible idea. He threw for a career-low 2,386 yards his junior season and 16 touchdowns, but also had just five interceptions.
The drop in yardage could have something to do with Coach Franklin leaning more on running back Saquon Barkley, understandable given Penn State’s lack of overall experience at wide receiver, but take a look at Hackenberg’s overall numbers since coming to Happy Valley as a four-star recruit out of Fork Union Military Academy in central Virginia. In three seasons, Hackenberg has thrown for 8,318 yards and has touchdown-interception ratio of 48-30. He also only averaged 6.8 yards per pass attempt, which could be a red flag on the professional level.
Simply put, on numbers alone, Hackenberg looks more like a glorified game manager rather than a bonafide leader on the field. Given how Penn State has a new offensive coordinator in former Fordham coach Joe Moorhead, Hackenberg owes it to himself to stick around for one more year and see if he can get his draft stock to rise at all because at this point, he looks like far from a first-round pick.
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