How did the experts like what the Jets did on the second day of the 2016 NFL Draft? Let's take a look. As always, remember that Draft grades are stupid unless they praise the Jets.
One of the shocking picks in the second round was the Jets taking Christian Hackenberg at No. 51. In the past two years, Hackenberg has fallen apart. He's obviously talented as a traditional pocket quarterback, but his completion percentage dropped every year and his footwork became a mess. A smarter pick for 2016 where Ryan Fitzpatrick's returning is looking less likely by the day would have been Connor Cook of Michigan State. Hackenberg is a project.In the third round, the Jets stole pass rusher Jordan Jenkins. He's a stronger pass rusher who can move around a little bit. He doesn't blow you away with his athleticism, but had 40 tackles for loss and 19 sacks in his career.Overall grade: C-
20. New York Jets: QB Christian Hackenberg – Wow. Our fourth QB off the board — and before Connor Cook — is a stunner, although it shouldn't be surprising the Jets took one. Still, the depth chart as it sits now is Geno Smith, Bryce Petty and Hackenberg. With Ryan Fitzpatrick very much in limbo. Hack hopefully won’t play now, but the promise might be there down the road. Wonder if Jets GM Mike Maccagnan, who came from the Texans two years ago, ever had a conversation about Hackenberg? Grade: C-
20. New York Jets: OLB Jordan Jenkins – There wasn’t much separating Jenkins and No. 9 overall pick Leonard Floyd, according to a good amount of Georgia defensive tape. They’re different players, and roles had a lot to do with the production. Jenkins is a power rusher in the Jets’ system and has great length, intelligence and the ability to be a three-down player in time. Grade: A-
Jets select: Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State
They had to take a quarterback and they get one of the most underrated in this draft. This is a great pick.
Jets select: Jordan Jenkins, OLB, Georgia
He's a solid player, but he's not the next Justin Houston, who was also taken in the third round.
Doug Farrar (Sports Illustrated)
20 (51). New York JetsGRADE: FChristian Hackenberg, QB, Penn StateAnalysis: Hackenberg is a good developmental quarterback, but to take him in the second round with their current quarterback situation—including another recent second-round pick in Geno Smith—doesn't speak well for things. Hackenberg struggles to see the field under pressure, and he's wildly erratic with his ball placement. A very curious pick here. He's not even the best quarterback left on the board.
20 (83). New York Jets
Jordan Jenkins, LB, Georgia
Analysis: A confusing Day 2 for the Jets, what with Christian Hackenberg earlier on Friday and now their second linebacker of the draft, following Darron Lee in Round 1. Jenkins can defend the run and might be able to develop into a solid pass rusher, but where is he playing on this defense?
Steve Palazzolo (Pro Football Focus)
20 (51). New York Jets: Christian Hackenberg | Grade: D-
The Jets have been looking for a quarterback and they’re taking the chance on Hackenberg. The tape has been horrible, and that includes his freshman year that everyone touts as his saving grace. He’s been one of the most inaccurate quarterbacks in college football for three straight years and his -12.1 overall grade ranked 41st in this draft class alone in 2015. The Jets are hoping that he can be a reclamation project, but he has to take monumental strides to become a viable NFL quarterback.
20 (83) New York Jets: Jordan Jenkins | Grade: B-
A classic 3-4 outside linebacker, Jenkins can set the edge in the run game (+14.9, ninth in the class) while showing adequate as a pass rusher (+12.3, 38th in the class). He’s a nice mid-round option that will add depth on the edge for the Jets.