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Zach Mettenberger | Quarterback

Team: LSU Tigers
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 222

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LSU QB Zach Mettenberger worked out privately for the Detroit Lions on Saturday.
Mettenberger will also audition for Tennessee in a private workout later this month. On Saturday, the Lions also got a look at WR Kadron Boone and FB J.C. Copeland. Mettenberger, underwent ACL surgery at the beginning of January, is expected to be healthy before next season begins. "Zach threw the ball really, really well," one source who attended the workout said. "He's got the best arm in the draft. He threw a variety of passes. It was impressive." Apr 12 - 5:30 PM

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Vikings OC Norv Turner "was calling out routes" he wanted LSU QB Zach Mettenberger to throw by the end of his private workout on Wednesday, reports ESPN's Ben Goessling.

Much of Minnesota's speculated interest in the sturdy Mettenberger revolves around the idea that the respected Turner would want his bazooka arm to stretch the field, a key tenant of his mythologized strategy. Mettenberger is a classic drop-back QB in the mold of former Turner disciples Troy Aikman and Phillip Rivers. Of course, Mettenberger makes for an extremely clever smoke screen if Vikings officials are targeting a different QB with the No. 8 pick.
Apr 11 - 5:30 PM

The Oakland Raiders met with LSU QB Zach Mettenberger the night before his pro day, according to draft insider Tony Pauline.

Mettenberger will throw for the first time during the pre-draft process on Wednesday at the school's pro day. Many teams could want to wait until the second-round to select a quarterback, but the reality is teams go into the draft by finding "their guys" at the position. Mettenberger could fit that label for a few teams.
Apr 9 - 11:26 AM

LSU QB Zach Mettenberger is scheduled for a pre-draft visit in Jacksonville on Thursday, reports NFL Network's Albert Breer.

In addition, Mettenberger met with the Raiders and Patriots Tuesday, will meet with the Vikings Wednesday, and the Lions are traveling to Baton Rouge to hold a private workout with the signal-caller on Saturday. If the Jags pass on a QB at No. 3, Mettenberger will be an option near the top of the second round. The Tigers' QB doesn't figure to last until the third.
Apr 8 - 8:15 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay and Mel Kiper agreed on the "First Draft" podcast that they "aren't sold" on LSU QB Zach Mettenberger.

"Big arm/tall guys that can't move very well and had wide receivers that were exceptional and made a ton of plays for you and an offensive coordinator that made your life really easy... those guys don't tend to fare well in the National Football League," McShay said. The analyst believes that on many plays last season, ball placement was determined by the coaching staff. McShay loves Mettenberger's arm and character, but that's about it.
Apr 6 - 8:50 PM

Draft insider Tony Pauline is reporting that the Vikings are "heavily leaning towards" taking LSU QB Zach Mettenberger in the second round because they want an LB such as Buffalo's Khalil Mack in the first.

The Vikes desperately need a franchise signal-caller, but they also have a huge need for an edge rusher capable of disrupting opposing passing games. Coach Mike Zimmer's nights are presumably interrupted with nightmares of being helplessly carved up by Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford. Mack would afford the team a massive upgrade on the outside if Minnesota allots Mettenberger a grade not far below the top four QBs. Mettenberger could be a good fit in Norv Turner's vertical passing game, as Rotoworld's Josh Norris discussed in a recent "Draft Needs" video.
Apr 1 - 7:57 PM

NFL Films' Greg Cosell believes LSU QB Zach Mettenberger is the best prototypical pocket passer in this class.

"Now the question becomes, 'do you value that?'" Cosell asked. "He's essentially a big, strong armed, intermediate and vertical pocket passer with a natural toughness to look down the gun barrel." Cosell also gave some credit to Mettenberger's ability to move, saying he is not a statue and can create a bit of space, and his willingness to make tough throws. He tends to fit what the Vikings and Norv Turner are (likely) looking for.
Mar 31 - 11:16 AM

ESPN's Ron Jaworski believes LSU QB Zach Mettenberger is the No. 2 prospect at the position.

"This is the wildcard in this draft," Jawroski began. "When you watch him on tape, this guy has an NFL skill set... very similar traits in Zach Mettenberger as Joe Flacco." Other than last offseason's glowing praise of Colin Kaepernick, Jaworski tends to be very traditional in his quarterback evaluations, meaning passers who predominantly win in the pocket. Blake Bortles is Jawroski's No. 1 quarterback.
Source: ESPN
Mar 28 - 10:28 AM

Scout Inc.'s Todd McShay grimaced when asked if LSU QB Zach Mettenberger could be an early second-round pick on ESPN's First Draft podcast.

McShay made a guttural noise and said, "No. I think no." McShay handed Mettenberger a fourth-round grade. "It's not really about the durability, though that doesn't necessarily help him," McShay said. "He doesn't move well." The analyst believes that on many plays last season, ball placement was determined by the coaching staff, not the quarterback. With so many elite offensive weapons, it's not an outlandish theory. McShay loves Mettenberger's arm and character, but he didn't seem enamored by anything else.
Mar 12 - 8:55 PM

LSU QB Zach Mettenberger (knee) will throw at the LSU Pro Day on April 9.

Mettenberger underwent ACL surgery at the beginning of January. "The doctors are thoroughly impressed with where he is and the progress he has made," said Mettenberger's agent Seth Katz. "He's weeks ahead of schedule and it's nothing surprising." Mettenberger will not run the 40-yard dash at the exhibition. He attended the combine last month but only to undergo medical exams and get interviewed. Mettenberger's success at the NFL level is dependent on scheme fit.
Mar 7 - 8:44 PM

Although LSU QB Zach Mettenberger ranks at the top of NFL Films' Greg Cosell's "second-tier QBs", the analyst is concerned by his pocket mobility.

"This would have been a concern even if he didn't tear his ACL," Cosell said. "You have to be able to move. You don't necessarily have to be able to run around and scramble, but you have to be able to move." Cosell referenced Dan Marino as a good example of "ballet-like feet" from a stone-legged signal-caller. The analyst added that Mettenberger's arm and athleticism are both below those of Joe Flacco.
Mar 6 - 10:42 PM

LSU QB Zach Mettenberger was ranked by at least one team as the No. 1 QB before his ACL injury, reports's Albert Breer.

"Mettenberger is going to entice teams," tweeted Breer. Mettenberger measured in at 6-foot-5 and 224 pounds at the NFL Combine, but didn't work out because of his knee injury. Mettenberger underwent ACL surgery at the beginning of January and will take a "redshirt" season in the NFL. The first-round talk has subsided, but a team that embraces risk might choose to roll the dice on the draft's second day.
Mar 3 - 3:01 PM

LSU QB Zach Mettenberger measured in at 6 foot 5 and 224 pounds at the NFL Combine.

Mettenberger also has 9 and 3/4 inch hands and 32 and 3/8 inch arms. These are the first measurements the general public has seen after Mettenberger missed the Senior Bowl due to a knee injury. He will not work out in Indianapolis, but by all accounts the quarterback seems to be progressing well.
Feb 21 - 1:13 PM

LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron credited QB Zach Mettenberger's altered mechanics as a reason for his continued development in 2013.

"I watched his lower body and he was, basically, a little too elongated. He'd overstride. We worked on getting his feet up underneath of him and make everything he was doing more compact. What happened is that he got better balance," Cameron said. "We had him flex his knees a little more... He was more accurate. The ball came out quicker. He could move in the pocket better with the subtle movements you need. Everything was just streamlined." Mettenberger's development did start the previous season, but a perfect combination of great receivers, a balanced offense, and time in the pocket certainly helped. Fit will be an important part of Mettenberger's success at the NFL level.
Feb 7 - 9:12 AM

LSU QB Zach Mettenberger will begin throwing while standing at some point next week, according to the school's trainer Jack Marucci.

Mettenberger has already begun working on his footwork and drop-backs, but has only thrown from a sitting position up until this point. The quarterback's recovery from knee surgery appears to be on track. Marucci adds Mettenberger has dropped about 10 pounds since the season, down to around 220-225. "I don't think it's going to be an issue because he's not a runner," Marucci said of the injury. "They just need to see him progress. The good news is that he didn't have any cartilage damage. It's like treating a severe ankle sprain for us."
Jan 29 - 10:40 AM