For the rest of the week, you will be bombarded with the name Zach Mettenberger. If you have no idea who that is and want to learn more about LSU‘s former quarterback before he starts trending in the sports world, I have you covered.
While most NFL fans are familiar with the names of Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater and Derek Carr, you probably aren’t familiar with Mettenberger. The former quarterback for the Tigers is not as flashy as Manziel, so don’t expect Drake’s music to be blaring or former presidents to be in attendance at LSU’s Pro Day. With that being said, however, Mettenberger has a perfect opportunity to showcase his talents for the 2014 NFL Draft.
Mettenberger had a brief stint with the Georgia Bulldogs that came to an end after he was arrested on several charges that were mainly connected to underage drinking. After the debacle, the young quarterback was dismissed from the team and spent a year in junior college. After leading his team to an eleven-win season, Mettenberger caught the eye of Les Miles. After that, the rest is history.
While he never posted record-breaking statistics, Mettenberger was able to have a solid senior year in one of the most difficult divisions in all of college football. In his final year with the Tigers, the signal caller passed for 3,082 yards, completed 22 touchdown passes and had eight interceptions. Along with playing some of the toughest defenses in all of college football, Mettenberger was given an advantage to become NFL-ready with former Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. He greatly improved from his 2012 season under Cameron, and the impact of his new offensive coordinator has been duly noted around the NFL.
The reason that Mettenberger has fallen into the shadows is because he tore his anterior cruciate ligament near the end of last season. He was unable to compete at the NFL Combine because of his surgery to repair the ligament, and his draft stock has been in limbo. Along with injuries, character concerns from the arrest, a lack of mobility and the ability to adjust plays are all knocks on Mettenberger.
What he has going for him however, is a NFL-ready physique at 6-foot-5, a rocket arm and great anticipation. If you combine that with the level of competition that he has faced and the guidance of Cameron, you have a player who could become a franchise quarterback. Mettenberger still needs to learn and develop, but he is coachable and has shown that he can improve.
Now that you know about Mettenberger, don’t be surprised if he is projected as the third our fourth quarterback off the board after his Pro Day.