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UMass Coach Mark Whipple Believes Christian Hackenberg Would Have Been Picked First In 2014 NFL Draft

Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg is only a sophomore, so he won't be eligible for the NFL Draft until 2016 at the earliest, but one opposing coach believe he would have been the top pick in the draft...last year. Penn State hosts UMass on Saturday afternoon, and Minutemen head coach Mark Whipple is very impressed with the Nittany Lions' signal caller.

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Whipple coached guys like Ben Roethlisberger and Donovan McNabb in the NFL, so he certainly has the experience to speak on the subject. The other wrinkle here is that the coach with the top pick in this last draft was Hackenberg's last NFL coach, Bill O'Brien, a team that certainly could have used a quarterback. We can't be sure if that factored into his statement.

Hackenberg won't be in the NFL for a while, but whenever he chooses to come out, it seems like a very good bet that he will go very high. Enjoy him while you have him, Penn State fans.

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