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Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg Applies for NFL Evaluation

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Penn State junior quarterback Christian Hackenberg met with head coach James Franklin two weeks ago to discuss future plans and has already applied for an NFL evaluation, according to ESPN Big Ten staff writer Josh Moyer.

Senior defensive tackle Austin Johnson has applied, as well.

In three seasons as the starter, Hackenberg has completed 685-of-1,221 pass attempts (56.1 percent) for 8,318 yards, 48 touchdowns and 31 interceptions. Penn State has compiled a 21-16 record with the former five-star recruit under center.

Despite failing to live up to expectations as the No. 1 quarterback from the recruiting class of 2013, Hackenberg is still believed to be one of the better prospects for the upcoming 2016 NFL Draft.

Here’s what Dane Bruglar had to say of Hackenberg back in July:

“Hackenberg has special arm talent as the ball jumps off his hand and zips through the air with effortless motion. Drives through his hips to put velocity on throws,” he wrote of his strengths.

“He needs improved consistency with his follow-through and mechanics to be more accurate and improve his downfield touch,” Bruglar said, regarding his weaknesses. “Hackenberg was under tremendous pressure in the pocket last season due to poor offensive line play, but he also has a bad habit of holding onto the ball too long and clamming up when the walls start to wear down. He tends to have frenetic eyes, which leads to flawed decision-making and causes him to play hectic throughout the process.”

According to CBS Sports, Hackenberg is the No. 5-ranked quarterback prospect from the 2017 draft class.

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