Former Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg is back in the NFL. After being waived by the Oakland Raiders on June 12, Hackenberg has signed with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Hackenberg was selected in the second round (51st overall) in the 2016 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. However, Hackenberg never threw a pass for the team before being traded to Oakland in May.
Hackenberg was the number one quarterback recruit in the country in the 2013 recruiting class and committed to Bill O’Brien and Penn State at a time that the program was still in turmoil.
To his credit, even after harsh NCAA sanctions were levied, Hackenberg stuck to his commitment and brought Penn State validity and stability at a time the program dearly needed both. After a phenomenal freshman campaign that saw him named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, he would regress each of the next two seasons before entering the NFL Draft following his junior season.
Hackenberg has one of the strongest arms you will ever see and a high football IQ. These are two reasons why he owns the school record for career passing yards (8,427) and passing yards in a single game (454). However, poor mechanics and pocket presence have always caused problems for the former five-star recruit.
Best of luck in the City of Brotherly Love, Hack! Hopefully Doug Pederson and his coaching staff can help the uber talented Hackenberg finally put it all together.