2. Christian Hackenberg, QB
Christian Hackenberg probably should be the number one player on this list based on his up-and-down college career and the draft slot in which the team picked him (51st overall).
Hack was a standout as a freshman at Penn State, finishing his first season with just under 3,000 yards, along with 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, but struggled in the years that followed after the coaching staff changed.
Nevertheless, Maccagnan liked what he saw from number 14 and decided to pick him in the second round with the hopes that he could one day use his big arm and mobility to be this franchise’s quarterback of the future.
At 6’4″ 230 pounds, Hack has the ideal size to play the position at the NFL and Gailey’s offense is simple enough that he could emerge as a starting candidate in the next year.
However, in order to do so he has to do more than just learn the offense and make the right decisions, he has to build chemistry and earn the trust of his teammates, which takes time.
My Vote: BUST
I want to make this clear–I’m not saying Hackenberg will be a bust for this career, just for the 2016 season he’s a bust. This kid has a long way to go in terms of sensing pressure in the pocket, learning an NFL playbook and playing at NFL speed.
He may surpass Bryce Petty in the future, but right now Petty has a leg up based solely on his time spent with the organization.