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Zach Mettenberger | Quarterback

Team: LSU Tigers
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 222

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Titans selected LSU QB Zach Mettenberger with the No. 178 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Mettenberger (6-foot-5, 224) was a four-star recruit to Georgia, but got kicked off the team following a misdemeanor, and spent one year at JUCO before landing at LSU. He made 25 starts, compiling a 19-6 record, 35:15 TD-to-INT ratio, and 61.8 completion rate. Mettenberger is built like Joe Flacco with plus hand size (9 3/4") and a big vertical arm, but he's a literal statue in the pocket with slow feet and a long delivery. He also tore his left ACL late last November, although Mettenberger is expected to be ready for camp. Due to his lack of pocket mobility, Mettenberger will likely have to be well protected to become a successful NFL starter. With Jake Locker in the final year of his deal and no successor on the roster, Mettenberger could be coach Ken Whisenhunt's quarterback in 2015 if everything breaks Mettenberger's way. He could even make starts this year. May 10 - 3:59 PM

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports several teams have red-flagged LSU QB Zach Mettenberger's back.

Mettenberger has Spondylolysis, per Rapoport, and it was treated non-surgically. "Mettenberger’s condition... flared up in 2012, not 2013. He altered his mechanics to help," Rapoport added. "LSU trainer Jack Marucci said "this shouldn't be a big deal as long as you treat it." This adds to Mettenberger's list of noteworthy pre-draft news items, namely a torn ACL and diluted urine sample at the NFL Combine.
May 7 - 9:52 AM

LSU QB Zach Mettenberger "generated a dilute urine sample" at the combine, according to Profootballtalk.

Mettenberger's physical therapist insists the test results were caused by his attempts to stay hydrated as he rehabbed a torn ACL, drinking copious amounts of water to stave off muscle cramps. The NFL, however, considers a diluted sample a failed test. Mettenberger was previously in the discussion to be one of the QBs that flies off the board during the signal-caller bonanza at the top of Round 2, but now he might have to wait a round extra.
May 5 - 8:00 PM

CSNBayarea.com's Matt Maiocco reports that the 49ers could consider LSU QB Zach Mettenberger if he's available on the third day of the draft.

"If big-armed Zack Mettenberger (LSU) is around on the third day of the draft, he is a legitimate option for the 49ers as he rehabs from ACL surgery he underwent on January 2," Maiocco wrote. Jim Harbaugh will definitely try to bring in a fourth quarterback for training camp to compete for a roster spot. If the 6-foot-5, 225-pound Mettenberger slides in the draft, look for him to be on the 49ers radar.
May 5 - 6:31 PM

Anonymous scouts shredded LSU QB Zach Mettenberger while speaking to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

"He can't do it," one scout said. "He's slow-footed and methodical. He's got all those receivers and running backs, they should have been national champions were it not for him. He was the guy holding them back." Right, but he has a bazooka arm, don't forget about that. "Just an arm," another scout said. "He has no other quarterback qualities." A third scout referenced the "cannon" but added "he's a statue." The 6-foot-5 and 225-pound Mettenberger, once thought destined for Round 2, now might slide into the third stanza.
May 3 - 1:02 AM

NFL Media Analayst Mike Mayock would be surprised if LSU QB Zach Mettenberger slips out of Round 2.

The analyst loves Mettenberger's cannon arm. The Tigers' QB, 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds, is a great fit for a vertical offense because he plants his foot and lets it fly. In addition, he's a tough prospect not afraid to look down the gun barrel and take a shot in order to step into his throw. Mettenberger, who underwent ACL surgery at the beginning of January, is expected to be healthy before next season begins.
Source: NFL.com
May 1 - 10:03 PM

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

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