Did Sam Hartman help or hurt his NFL Draft stock at the Senior Bowl?

Notre Dame football QB Sam Hartman didn't do himself a ton of favors by the way he played in the Senior Bowl earlier this month.

Former Notre Dame QB Sam Hartman (5) avoids the initial rush of Houston Christian LB Jalyx Hunt (13)
Former Notre Dame QB Sam Hartman (5) avoids the initial rush of Houston Christian LB Jalyx Hunt (13) / Gregg Pachkowski / gregg@pnj.com / USA
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Sam Hartman’s had one more chance to prove that he could play at a high level, at the next level. Considering that the Notre Dame football quarterback hasn’t exactly been getting rave reviews when it comes to his NFL chances.

When he decided to play in the Senior Bowl, it’s clear that he was hoping he could play in the All-Star game where he could show that he’s could put up big numbers against some of the best college football players in the country. Unfortunately for Hartman, it doesn’t appear that he did show he could do that.

In fact, it seems as though he might have hurt his draft chances a little bit. If those chances were hanging by a thread, it’s possible that thread was cut in his Senior Bowl appearance. His struggles were right out of the gate, and were even more unfortunate considering that he got the most playing time of the quarterbacks in the game.

Backing up Oregon’s Bo Nix for the National team, Hartman entered with 16 seconds left in the opening quarter.

The former Notre Dame football quarterback threw three straight downfield incompletions, two of them intended for North Carolina’s Tez Walker. It was clear that Hartman and Walker simply weren’t on the same page when the signal-caller came into the game.

Did Sam Hartman help or hurt his NFL Draft stock at the Senior Bowl?

Thanks to Michael Penix practicing but deciding not to play, Harman got a ton of snaps. He just didn’t do all that well with them. The former Notre Dame football quarterback completed  just 7-of-25 attempts for 69 yards and an interception.

Interestingly enough, that interception was to Louisville defensive back Jarvis Brownlee Jr. It turns out that Louisville has Hartman’s number. He struggled against the Cardinals when he was with Wake Forest and in South Bend. 

It’s possible Lousiville could even be haunting Sam Hartman all the way to the NFL Draft. It seems unlikely at this point that he gets drafted at all. That’s quite a fall from the passer who was considered among the best in the sport.