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Christian Hackenberg QB 6' 4 235 lbs

Rank: 
6
Round Drafted: 
6
College: 
Penn State

Christian Hackenberg had an unexpectedly busy spring game for Penn State. With his backup out, the star quarterback played almost all the Nittany Lions' intrasquad scrimmage Saturday. Hackenberg threw for 180 yards and a touchdown and was picked off once. Most important, Penn State's most irreplaceable player came away healthy as Hackenberg's Blue team beat the White team 17-7. That might not have been the case if it was a real game. Penn State's offensive line had a tough time keeping its defensive line out of the backfield. Hackenberg was "sacked" five times — no tackling the franchise — and had to scramble a few others. "Obviously our defensive line still holds the advantage over our offensive line," Penn State coach James Franklin said. "That's going to continue to be a work in progress and a focus all offseason."Trace McSorley was expected to take most of the reps at quarterback for the Blue team, but he was among a handful of player held out of the game. Franklin did not disclose why. Hackenberg, a junior, is heading into his third season as Penn State's starter. He has the talent to be one of the top quarterbacks in the country and a potential top NFL draft pick. If Penn State is going to take a step forward after going 7-6 in Franklin's first year, Hackenberg will have to lead the Nittany Lions.