The Philadelphia Eagles have worked out a total of four quarterback prospects from the 2016 NFL Draft this week: Jared Goff (Cal), Carson Wentz (North Dakota State), Paxton Lynch (Memphis), and Kevin Hogan (Stanford). Next week, according to Adam Caplan, the Eagles will be working out a fifth quarterback: Penn State's Christian Hackenberg.
The 21-year-old passer measures in at 6-4, 223 pounds. He finished his Penn State career by completing 56.1% of his passes for 8,457 yards (6.8 yards per attempt), 48 touchdowns, and 31 interceptions. Those numbers aren't so great. There is plenty of Hackenberg tape that isn't so great, either.
Hackenberg's best season in college came as a freshman, when he was being guided by now-Texans head coach Bill O'Brien. He completed 58.9% of his passes for 2,955 yards (7.5 yards per attempt), 20 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions during that 2013 season. He never really progressed from there and only got worse when James Franklin took over in Happy Valley. Hackenberg has reportedly shifted blame for his struggles onto Franklin, which apparently has made some scouts sour on him.
Some might argue Hackenberg is an undervalued prospect because Franklin didn't get the most out of him at Penn State. Others will argue Hackenberg's struggles are due to the fact he's just not very good. It doesn't hurt for the Eagles to work him out and try to get a better feel for his talent and personality. For what it's worth, one Philadelphia scout already met with Hackenberg at Penn State's pro day earlier this month.
CBS Sports projects Hackenberg to be a second or third round pick. Here's what BGN draft analyst Ben Natan wrote about Hackenberg in his scouting report from earlier this offseason:
I think that at the least, Hackenberg needs a good staff, some time to readjust and patience. He is very talented, but he will submarine a team if they invest too much into him and expect early returns. With Doug Pederson and company, he would have an excellent staff of teachers to help him iron out his bevy of blips. Of course, I think he is better suited in an offense that will stretch the field vertically rather than using anticipation throws to the intermediate middle of the field. Hackenberg certainly isn't a cerebral who can anticipate coverages well enough to function in a west coast offense. He is more of a see and throw type of quarterback, which would be ideal for Bruce Arians. However, regardless of where he is going, the absolute ceiling at which I would take him is in the third round. To be honest, that is a little rich for me, but I am admittedly sick with a bit of "Honeymoon Syndrome" myself. Hopefully for him and the team that takes him, the good times will come back... Or maybe they just end up with four more years of shrieking fights and passive aggressive comments....