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Christian Hackenberg is not the future

Jan 2, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Christian Hackenberg (14) throws a pass during the first quarter against the Georgia Bulldogs at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 2, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Christian Hackenberg (14) throws a pass during the first quarter against the Georgia Bulldogs at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports /
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The New York Jets hope quarterback Christian Hackenberg can one day be the future of their franchise. Unfortunately, he’s not going that route in his NFL career.

The New York Jets went into the 2016 NFL Draft looking at the future, and it looked bleak at the quarterback position.  They didn’t re-sign Ryan Fitzpatrick, who provided the best individual season ever from that position.  They didn’t feel that Geno Smith would move past this season, and they didn’t feel like Bryce Petty was ready to make the move this year either.

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The Jets made the move to draft Christian Hackenberg in the second round with their No. 51 overall pick, despite an up-and-down and inconsistent career at Penn State.  Unfortunately, he’s not the future of the franchise.

One of the smartest minds in sports radio, Colin Cowherd, pointed out on his radio show that one thing doesn’t change much from college to the pros, completion percentage.

Even during a draft broadcast on NFL Network, analyst Mike Mayock (a former NFL safety), mentioned that his tape in very inconsistent, and also missed a lot of throws at the 2016 NFL Combine “against air.”  Over the last two seasons, Hackenberg did take a lot of hits.  He could be psychologically gone already.  Some people start to hear footsteps, even when there’s no one there and maybe Hackenberg is at that point.

Let’s take a look at the quarterbacks who made the 2015 NFL Playoffs:

The problem is that Hackenberg’s college career completion percentage is 56.1%.  There is something even worse.  As he went through each season at Penn State, his completion percentage got worse:

Based on the average difference and the largest difference from career college percentages, Hackenberg will most likely go from 56.1% to a range of 56.8%-59.9%.

Ten out of the 12 starting quarterbacks in the postseason have completed at least 61% of their passes in their careers.  Given that fact, Hackenberg’s future looks bleak.

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He is not the future of the franchise in the grand scheme of things.  While the Jets will do their best to develop him through coaching and training, it might not be enough to have him play up to the standards of an effective starting quarterback.

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