Obviously his familiarity with Bill O’Brien will be the catalyst of the Texans interest in him. But he looked shaky and just bad at times in college, particularly in 2014 in which he threw more interceptions than touchdowns. Now how much of that was due to bad offensive line play is the question. His completion percentage went down every year in Happy Valley, and he never threw more than 20 touchdowns. There have been reports that James Franklin did not manage him as well as he could have during his time at Penn State, so maybe a fresh start is what he needs. But when he gets time to throw, he can look really good as we see here.
There will be nobody out there who knows Hackenberg better than O’Brien so if the Texans pass on him in the second round, teams might question if O’Brien knows something they don’t and pass on him. This might allow the Texans to pick up a playmaker in round two that they would not be able to get otherwise and then they could get Hackenberg in the third round (gamble for that at least). Will be interesting to see. But I figure if the Texans bring him in the expectation will be for him to start immediately.