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Brock Huard on Christian Hackenberg: 'He is in better shape going back to school'

The man who saw Penn State up close and personal three times in 2015 thinks Christian Hackenberg is better off sticking around for one more season in Happy Valley.

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The debate on whether or not Christian Hackenberg should declare for the NFL Draft has only just begun, as Penn State's junior signal caller appears to be 100% focused on preparing for the TaxSlayer Bowl against Georgia on January 2, 2016. Once the final whistle blows on the Nittany Lions' 2015 season, the speculation will truly begin, and opinions are surely going to pour in from every draft analyst with a pulse, all the way up until the final declaration date of January 15th.

I won't get too much into my thoughts on what Christian Hackenberg should do (those will come later), but one man who spent a lot of time watching him and the entire Penn State team play in 2015 has made his opinion known. The always-truthful and appreciatively blunt Brock Huard, joined ESPN's Mike & Mike to share his thoughts on the former five-star, Under Armour All-American quarterback recruit.

Huard touches on many things here, including a brutally honest opinion of the 2015 Penn State offensive staff and their quarterback, calling them both 'broken'. Based on what we saw from this offense throughout the season, and how quickly they were willing to cut the cord with John Donovan after the season, it's hard to disagree with the assessment.

Huard goes on to share his thoughts on Hack's draft status, which basically confirm what many of us have thought for two years running.

"His stock is low. There is no evaluator that is not going to look at the last two years and say, 'I just don't see it. I see sacks, I see fundamental issues, I see lots of flaws.' If he has any trust in James Franklin, or he played any role in who he just hired as his coordinator, it would be best for him to get back on campus to improve that stock, because the raw goods, as both of you just said, are good enough."

Everyone with eyes knows that Hackenberg has the arm ability, size and strength to make it as an NFL quarterback, even if that professional ceiling has dipped significantly since his breakout freshman season. Based on those pure measurable traits alone, it's hard to see him falling much further than the third round of the draft, particularly in an era where so many NFL teams have had difficulties finding the right guy to run the offense.

The thing that Brock surely sees, as well as everyone else, is how easily he could climb back into the discussion of being a top-10 pick. One strong senior season at Penn State would do wonders for his draft stock. For a guy who will never fall off the radar for the NFL due to his measurables and potential, Huard sees Christian's decision as an easy one: stay in school.