Penn State has arguably the most polarizing prospect for the 2016 NFL draft in rising junior quarterback Christian Hackenberg, a player with immense physical skills but who comes off a subpar sophomore season. The Nittany Lions also might have a gem in defensive tackle Anthony Zettel, a former defensive end whose unique game is based on quickness and penetration.
Hackenberg and Zettel were both listed among the top 32 prospects in the 2016 NFL draft in NFLDraftScout.com analyst Rob Rang’s big board, which was released last week. Hackenberg, who ranked No. 32, scored points for his raw tools but lost points for accuracy and technique issues. Zettel checked in at No. 23 as a potential alternative to the bigger, run-stuffing options in his position group.
Rang joined Dustin Hockensmith and Andrew P. Shay on the Keystone Sports Network to talk about both players and what they must prove in 2015 to justify first-round selections in the 2016 NFL draft. Check out audio of the show in this post and be sure to check back in to KeystoneSportsNetwork.com for plenty more Penn State podcasts and analysis.