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TBN Draft Prospect Profile: Christian Hackenberg

Measurables:

Height- 6’3″

Weight- 223 lbs

Arms- 32″

Hands- 9″

Combine:

4.79 40 yard dash

31″ vertical jump

9’6″ broad jump

7.04 3 cone

Year G Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int
2013 12 231 392 58.9 2,955 7.5 20 10
2014 13 270 484 55.8 2,977 6.2 12 15
2015 13 192 359 53.5 2,525 7.0 16 6
Career 38 693 1235 56.1 8,457 6.8 48 31

One of the more intriguing prospects of the quarterback class is Christian Hackenberg. Once thought of as a guy that would be a top five selection whenever he would come out. More so now is leaving a lot of scouts and analysts scratching their heads. His final two seasons left many of us, myself included wondering why the arrow wasn’t pointing up.

Much like my thoughts on Connor Cook, Hackenberg checks most of the boxes on his physical traits. He has the size only slightly shorter than Cook at 6’3.5″. His hand size will cause some questions being that he only has nine inch hands much like Jared Goff. He does have some mobility so one shouldn’t think he is a statue in the pocket. Hackenberg is also one of the youngest quarterbacks of the class so he still has time to grow as a passer.

Hackenberg played in a pro style offense even though he played a large portion of his snaps from the shotgun. In the pocket he would stand in showing toughness when defenders closed in on him. One of his biggest struggles from the pocket is his awareness. Situationally he shows positives. However he looks spooked when hearing footsteps. Moving the pocket doesn’t benefit Hackenberg since his accuracy suffers when not throwing from a set base. The team did utilize the rollout quite often to try and combat the deficiencies in their protection.

Another big plus for Virginia kid is his arm. He has a quick release and a very live arm. Hackenberg has good velocity stretching all over the field but at times can put too much pepper on the throws. He will need to work on his touch at the next level. Short to mid range throws pose no issues for him accuracy wise. Downfield is a completely different story. While Hackenberg can get the ball downfield with no issue, it poses as an issue for the receiver without good ball placement.

What it all boils down to is Hackenberg is going to be a project for the team that selects him. He most likely will benefit from NFL coaching. Hopefully with proper film study Hackenberg can work through his pocket issues and decision making.

Look for Hackenberg to go late day two or early on day three.

About Patrick Conn

Patrick Conn is the lead NFL Draft analyst for TBN. Over the past three years he has worked with Inside The Star, Blogging The Boys, and Fansided. His work has even been published on SI.com. Patrick has been on ESPN East Texas discussing the Cowboys and the NFL Draft. Follow him on twitter @DraftCowboys.

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