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QB Christian Hackenberg - New York Jets

6-4, 223Born: 2-14-1995College: Penn St.Drafted: Round 2

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Summary

What is Christian Hackenberg? The New York Jets kept their 2016 NFL second round pick under a tarp last season, and so nobody has seen him play in a regular season game. The Jets knew he was a project prior to last year - the question is, how much of a project does he remain? So far it doesn't sound good. As Rich Cimini of ESPN.com tells it, at least one scout from an opposing team "was taken aback by how many off-target passes he threw" in pregame warmups. That's a bit understandable when you consider he had learned three systems in four years (and is now on his fourth). Hackenberg worked with Jordan Palmer on west coast offensive practices this offseason so he can get ready for John Morton's West Coast offense, so that is a good sign. However, good in a t-shirt is one thing and good against live bodies, another. Hackenberg is going to have to work out his accuracy issues and get his mechanics right while trying to beat Josh McCown and Bryce Petty for the starting job. If he gets it, he's got now experience, and while he has a decent arm, was prone to implosions under pressure in his last few years at Penn State. He doesn't have a great offensive line, or fantastic options to throw too - so even if he gets under center and plays well, he may struggle to have much production. In fact the offensive line is the biggest worry considering how shell shocked he looked behind a bad line at Penn State. (May 22)

FBG Staff Rankings

QB Redraft - 38, 33, 33, 35
QB Dynasty - 42, 38, 39, 41, 41, 49

Stats and Projections

YEARGCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
2017 PROJ-Dodds 5 70 126 * * * 9 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 5 84 150 * * * 10 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 6 77 140 * * * 5 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 2 34 55 * * * 4 * * *

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