Oct 3, 2015; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Christian Hackenberg (14) drops back to pass against the Army Black Knights during the third quarter at Beaver Stadium. Penn State won 20-14. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
5. Christian Hackenberg – Penn State
Somehow, Hackenberg has remained a prospect for the 2016 NFL Draft, despite having some of the worst numbers in college football. Many scouts see arm talent, good pocket awareness and the size you want in a quarterback. Hackenberg is 6-foot-4 and 228 pounds, giving him the sturdiness a quarterback needs to stand in the pocket and take a shot or two. However, there are ample red flags.
Hackenberg is a three-year starter for the Nittany Lions, and his numbers have regressed each year. As a freshman, Hackenberg threw for 2,955 yards and completed 58.9 percent of his throws with 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Last year, under first-year head coach James Franklin, Hackenberg completed just 55.8 percent of his passes for 2,977 yards with 12 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. This year, the junior has 1,206 yards and a 53.1 completion rate, with eight touchdowns and two interceptions.
It’s hard to take a quarterback who has seen his average yards per attempt drop from 7.5 to 6.8 over three years. However, if you believe in taking the raw prospect and developing him, perhaps Hackenberg is your best bet.
Round projection: 4
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