A former top high school recruit, Zach Mettenberger has overcome a few obstacles to become one of the top passing prospects in the 2014 NFL Draft. Working out of a Pro Style offense, Mettenberger’s elite size and arm strength have been on full display the past two seasons at LSU, where he’s faced stout competition and has performed well under fire.
A knee injury has sapped Mettenberger’s stock a bit, but scouts aren’t letting that get in the way of his draft stock. Once considered a third or fourth round pick due to the knee injury, Mettenberger has quickly ascended back into the conversation of being a first or second round pick.
Let’s get a better idea of where Mettenberger might fall in this year’s draft as we break down his pros and cons:
- Elite size and build
- Towers over the line and can see the entire field
- Rocket arm – can make every throw seem effortless
- Has shown terrific ball placement and can lead his receivers open
- Faced some stiff competition and fared well
- Anticipates very well
- Doesn’t normally take unnecessary chances
- Shows very good balance and awareness
- Not overly mobile but senses pressure and reacts well
- Stands tall in the pocket and delivers bombs
- Looks rather seasoned in the pocket
- Not quite as mobile as you like
- Lacks above average running ability
- Not an elite athlete in any regard
- Can stare down reads at times
- Benefited from some exceptional talent around him
- Durability concerns (ACL)
- Has had some minor off field issues
You can talk about his knee injury, a lack of mobility or some questionable accuracy, but in the end Mettenberger gives you all the upside in the world. He is physically the exact type of quarterback teams covet, and he actually has the arm talent and smarts to back it up. He’s almost underrated at this point, actually, and it would be somewhat surprising if he didn’t land somewhere in the first round.
Draft Range: Late First Round
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