"No doubt," an NFL evaluator told NFL Media's Kimberly Jones, who attended the pro day, regarding whether PSU's three-year starter helped his draft stock. "He threw the ball great."
By one account of Hackenberg's pro-day throwing session, he completed 44 of 52 passes, including 21 consecutively.
Hackenberg's struggles at Penn State the last two seasons have led to more of a developmental scouting label on his talent. Accuracy is one concern; he completed a career-low 53.5 percent of his passes last season, and wasn't much better than that (55.8) the season before. Teams must also consider that he was sacked an FBS-high 44 times as a sophomore in 2014 and more than 100 times in his career. The pressure he was under has made for a more difficult evaluation for scouts.
Earlier Thursday, PSU coach James Franklin told NFL Network's NFL HQ he believes Hackenberg has the potential to develop into a franchise NFL quarterback if drafted into the right situation.