The New York Jets, who sent a five-man contingent to the recent Penn State pro day to scout Christian Hackenberg, among others, want to see more of the intriguing quarterback. They have scheduled a pre-draft visit at their facility for April 10, according to a source.
Hackenberg is one of the most polarizing players in the draft. He has a powerful arm and great size (6-foot-4½, 223 pounds), but his production declined steadily after a sensational freshman year. By all accounts, he impressed at his pro day, perhaps the reason for the Jets' follow-up interest. The general sense among scouts is that he could be picked as high as the second round.
In three seasons as the Penn State starter, Hackenberg passed for 8,457 yards, a 56.1-percent complete ratio, 48 touchdowns and 31 interceptions.
The Jets have selected a quarterback in each of the last three drafts, but it's always on the table for them. Their top decision-makers didn't attend the pro days of the highest-rated quarterbacks, Carson Wentz and Jared Goff, but neither player is expected to be available for the Jets (20th pick). For what it's worth, general manager Mike Maccagnan was in attendance at the Penn State pro day.
Memphis' Paxton Lynch, regarded by many as the third-best quarterback in the draft, will have his pro day next Wednesday.