Former Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg has certainly seen his draft stock fluctuate since the start of the 2015 college football season. He was expected to be the first player taken in this year’s draft, but didn’t perform up to snuff and has fallen to his current third-round projection.
Apparently, Hackenberg hasn’t done well when interviewing with scouts and coaches. When he was asked about the decline after his freshman year, Hackenberg had a lot to say about new head coach James Franklin, who replaced Bill O’Brien in 2014.
From Monday Morning Quarterback: “Per two personnel sources on two separate teams who have shown interest in drafting Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg, the quarterback has said all the wrong things in interviews when asked to explain his declining sophomore and junior numbers (a combined 28 touchdowns and 21 interceptions). Hackenberg has shifted blame to coach James Franklin”
Hackenberg won the Big Ten Freshman of the Year award in 2013 after throwing for 2,955 yards and 20 touchdowns against just 10 interceptions. His relationship with Franklin certainly wasn’t as strong as his with O’Brien and that probably hurt his production, but it is no reason to thrown Franklin under the bus.
This is probably one reason why so many teams are hesitant to take him. I guess we will find out where he falls in April.
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