Former Penn State Nittany Lion Christian Hackenberg became the first quarterback taken in the second round when the New York Jets used the No. 51 pick to select him.
This is certainly an interesting decision on the end of Jets GM Mike Maccagnan, as the Jets already have Geno Smith and last year’s draft pick Bryce Petty on the depth chart, not to mention the fact that New York is still negotiating with Ryan Fitzpatrick, but Hackenberg provides solid insurance in case no deal is struck.
The only real mark against Hackenberg is that his game tape shows a quarterback who often looks lackadaisical on the field and doesn’t really care. He certainly has the talent, being a former No. 1 overall recruit, but never quite found his footing in coach James Franklin’s system after excelling as a freshman under Bill O’Brien. Moreover, there were rumors that Hackenberg and Franklin did not get along, what with Franklin not being thanked in Hackenberg’s draft declaration.
Either way with or without Fitzpatrick, the Jets’ quarterbacking situation got just a tiny bit better for 2016 with Christian Hackenberg being drafted.
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