Hackenberg believes mixed college career will help him in NFL


Christian Hackenberg believes his turbulent college career has set him up well for success the NFL after being drafted by the New York Jets.

The Jets took Penn State quarterback Hackenberg with the 51st overall pick in the second round of the draft on Friday.

Few quarterbacks in the draft have polarised opinion more than Hackenberg, who has struggled for consistency the past two seasons after enjoying a strong freshman year at Penn State.

Accuracy is perhaps the biggest concern surrounding Hackenberg, who hopes his mixed fortunes in college will prove a blessing as he bids to make it as a professional.

"I'm still in shock right now," Hackenberg told local media on a conference call. I'm very fortunate to have this opportunity and I'm looking forward to getting there and putting my head down and getting to work.

"I think you're defined by how you react to not success but failure and adversity. In my mind, I think my whole experience up there really prepared me to be able to take this next step.

"Not everything is going to be perfect and not everything is going to go the way you wanted it to especially at this level.

"I kept swinging. It was a blessing, so I think it's only prepared me and I'm very excited to come in and again just get back to work and to be part of a team again."