Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg’s 2016 NFL draft stock has been widely analyzed and debated already, with nearly 11 months before a single pick is made. Hackenberg comes off a disappointing sophomore season plagued by offensive line troubles, sacks, young wide receivers and a stifled rushing attack. His numbers (2,977 yards, 12 TDs, 15 INTs) reflected a wide array of struggles.
So, why is it that Hackenberg is being pegged by ESPN’s Todd McShay as the No. 1 pick in his 2016 mock draft? The rising junior possesses elite tools that lend themselves to pro-style offenses, but the 2015 season could go a long way toward proving the experts right and securing Hackenberg’s early exit.
West Chester Daily Local News columnist Lee Hudnell has attempted to poke holes in Hackenberg’s game in a series of critical columns. He joined Bob Flounders and Ross Tucker on the Keystone Sports Network to discuss his stance and continue the debate. Check out audio from the show in this post and get plenty more podcasts on KeystoneSportsNetwork.com and by following @KSNSportsNet on Twitter.