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Sports Illustrated Names Jets' Worst Draft Pick Of All-Time

A New York Jets helmet sitting on the field.

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - AUGUST 07: A New York Jets helmet at NY Jets Practice Facility on August 7, 2011 in Florham Park, New Jersey. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

The New York Jets have had some horrendous draft picks through the years. Prospects like Vernon Gholston, Lam Jones and Blair Thomas still give fans nightmares to this day.

But for Sports Illustrated, one player stands out from the crowd as the worst pick in team history. In a video entitled "Every NFL Team's Biggest Draft Bust," quarterback Christian Hackenberg was the worst of them all.

Hackenberg was a star at Penn State but a fringe prospect to 31 of 32 NFL teams. But in 2016, then-general manager Mike Maccagnan decided to take Hackenberg 51st overall in the second round.

The end result? Not even so much as a snap in the regular season.

Hackenberg did not play a single down in two seasons for the Jets. He is the only quarterback in generations to be drafted that high to never play.

The New York Jets rid themselves of Christian Hackenberg after just two seasons. Somehow, Mike Maccagnan convinced Jon Gruden and the Oakland Raiders to trade a conditional seventh-round pick for him.

But Hackenberg never made it to the regular season as a member of the Raiders and was cut in training camp.

He had brief stints with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Cincinnati Bengals but never played a down in the NFL.

With the NFL door closed to him, Hackenberg tried to resurrect his career with the Memphis Express in the Alliance of American Football in 2019. He played three games for Memphis before the league ceased operations.

christian hackenberg looks onto the field during an nfl game

(Photo by Ed Mulholland/Getty Images)

Hackenberg tried transitioning to baseball but couldn't find a team to play for.

He now works as the quarterback coach for a high school football team.