Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg has been one of the most polarizing names in this year’s draft class, with some saying that he’s the best quarterback in the draft to some saying he’s a bust waiting to happen.
If one were to ask the experts and analysts at Pro Football Focus, however, the opinion would fall into the latter.
The website doesn’t think Hackenberg will be drafted at all, but rather an undrafted free agent.
“Looks the part” is the nicest thing that has been said about Hackenberg the last two seasons, and we’re not really sure how much that’s worth. The on-field play has been subpar by every measure, and most point to 2013 as the glimmer of hope in Hackenberg’s upside. We are in the process of going back to grade every play from that season, but the last two years of evidence that saw him rank among the worst quarterbacks in the country is not encouraging,” the site stated.
Some may not want to admit it, but that analysis is spot on. Hackenberg has the look of an elite quarterback at 6-foot-4, 234 pounds, but his stats in three years with the Nittany Lions say otherwise. Yes, Hackenberg threw for 2,955 yards and 20 touchdowns while completing 58.9 percent of his passes as a freshman, but he just got worse from there.
Over his final two seasons, he completed just 54.6 percent of his passes and had a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 28:21.
Granted, just what Hackenberg’s chances of being drafted are remain to be seen following the upcoming NFL Scouting Combine and Penn State’s pro day, but stay tuned to Campus Sports for further updates on his path to the NFL.
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