There was a time, not long ago, when Christian Hackenberg's development dominated the quarterback narrative. We're so past that stage, particularly with the Kirk Cousins storyline. With Hackenberg, the question no longer involves whether he gets a shot, but if he'll be on the team in 2018.

The Jets are poised for an overhaul at quarterback, one that could leave Hackenberg and Bryce Petty looking for new teams. Based on the buzz at the combine, it would be a minor upset if Hackenberg survives the rebuild. His fate could be tied to the outcome of the Cousins sweepstakes. Here's why:

If the Jets don't sign Cousins, they will look to acquire a veteran, possibly two -- say, Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater -- then draft a quarterback. There would be no room for the slow-developing Hackenberg.

If they land Cousins, Hackenberg could stick as a clipboard holder, but not even that is a sure thing. The Jets would probably look to sign an experienced No. 2, because if you're going to pay big money to buy a Cadillac, your second car has to be dependable. Hackenberg, not ready for No. 2 status, could continue in his No. 3 role ... unless the Jets draft a quarterback in the later rounds. In that case, he'd be toast.