QB Hackenberg’s NFL Future Off Limits At PSU

The Nittany Lions will not be addressing the hot topic of the quarterback’s pro potential this season, even though some experts view the junior as the top prospect in the 2016 Draft. Check out our video update to learn why James Franklin and company are staying mum.

CHICAGO — ESPN NFL analyst Chris Mortensen does not take to Twitter often. But when he does, his 1.86 million followers tend to pay attention.

On July 11, “Mort” tweeted an image of Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg from the Manning Passing Academy, where the Nittany Lion junior was working as an instructor.

Mortensen noted that when NFL stars Peyton and Eli Manning were not working with the campers, they put the college instructors through a sort of mini-camp. Then this note with a photo of Hackenberg throwing:

“Yes, Christian Hackenberg is a man.”

As of Sunday night, Mortensen had made a grand total of 13 more posts on Twitter.

In May, ESPN NFL Draft analyst Todd McShay projected Hackenberg as the No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft. This even though Hackenberg will still have another season of college eligibility remaining at the time.

But while the rest of the world figures to be talking about how soon Hackenberg's PSU career will end (and NFL career will begin) during the 2015 season, don't expect to hear anyone from the Nittany Lion camp address the situation.

After deflecting a question on the topic on the main podium at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago last week, Penn State coach James Franklin said there were two reasons the subject of Hackenberg and the NFL will be off limits until the end of the season.

The coach himself wants to limit distractions. Further, Hackenberg and his family approached Franklin and said they want to remain mum on the subject.

“That's a great conversation and a legitimate conversation to have after the season,” Franklin said.

Check out Franklin's entire response to the question in the video above.

As for Hackenberg, he'll hold his first press conference since the spring at Penn State Media Day at Beaver Stadium Thursday. But don't expect him to talk about his NFL future.

We apologize for the camera adjustments early in the video. This was Franklin's first answer during a roundtable conversation with reporters, and we were still adjusting the camera for an optimal view.

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