Last week, Stafford checked in at No. 31 on the NFL Network’s top 100 players for 2018, rankings that are determined by voting from NFL players. Slay, entering his sixth NFL season, cracked the top 100 for the first time, at No. 49.
Also making Prisco’s list are Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (Central Michigan) at No. 5, Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell (Michigan State) at No. 19, former Lions and current Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh at No. 51, Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham (Detroit Crockett, Michigan) at No. 54, and San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Joe Staley (Central Michigan) at No. 85.
Hackenberg, who overhauled his throwing motion this offseason, sure looks like a bust.
The Raiders are sticking with EJ Manuel and Connor Cook as the understudies to Derek Carr.
Hackenberg was a member of the Raiders for exactly three weeks. He didn’t even make it out of spring practices with them, despite Raiders coach Jon Gruden speaking highly of Hackenberg during the 2016 pre-draft process, when Gruden was an ESPN analyst.
The Jets this offseason waived quarterback Bryce Petty (now with the Dolphins) before trading (effectively cutting) Hackenberg.
As a second-year safety, Landon Collins was named a First Team All-Pro in 2016. In his three years in the NFL, he has made two Pro Bowls and recorded 341 tackles, 28 pass deflections and eight interceptions.