zach mettenberger

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lsu tigers
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quarterback

Size: 6'5, 224

senior

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141


hand Length: 9 3/4 inch   40: N/A    Bench: N/A   Vertical: N/A   3-cone: N/A   broad: N/A


Shawn's grade: 5th to 6th Round Pick: Physically, Zach Mettenberger is an impressive player with the size and arm that is coveted by NFL teams. Mentally, he has several red flags coming from his dismissal at Georgia, as well as drug use, both of which may drop him down, if not completely off of some teams' draft boards. Mettenberger has the physical tools to warrant a high draft pick, however he's coming off of a torn ACL, has multiple character concerns, and needs to land in the right offense and with the right organizational structure in order to have a chance at succeeding in the NFL. Has the tools to start and win football games with his arm at the next level, however it all comes down to the mental side of the game for Mettenberger.

Bio: Two-year starter with 25 career starts at LSU. Finished his career with the Tigers having thrown for 5,783 yards, 35 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions with a 61.8% completion percentage (407-659); his best statistical season came in 2013 as a senior when he threw for 3,082 yards, 22 touchdowns, and eight interceptions with a 64.9% completion percentage (192-296). Began his career at Georgia before being dismissed by head coach Mark Richt in 2010; spent one year at Butler Community College and then transferred to LSU in 2011, where he sat behind Jordan Jefferson as a sophomore. Tore his ACL at the end of his senior season. Owns a big, tall frame with the height and bulk that is desired out of the position.

Pros: Experienced running a pro-style offense under former NFL coach Cam Cameron at LSU. Separates from center well and can operate in shotgun. Holds the ball chest-high with a classic 3/4's delivery. Physically has all of the tools that you look for at the quarterback position. Owns the raw arm strength to make all of the NFL throws; he stands tall in the pocket and displays the ability to deliver the ball to all parts of the field. Shows the arm strength to drive the ball down the field on a rope and has no trouble with throws outside of the numbers. Owns good velocity to get the ball to his receiver on time. Flashes the ability to drop the ball in the bucket with great touch and ball placement down the field. Accurate in the short-to-intermediate range and has no trouble fitting the ball into tight windows. Well-versed on play action fakes and has enough legs to get out into space on rollouts and bootlegs. Shows the ability to cock the ball up and make an accurate throw when moving laterally in the open field. Understands when to check the ball down and is efficient in the short-to-intermediate game.

Cons: Work ethic has been questioned by NFL teams and is considered lazy by some; may lack the intangibles, motivation, and drive needed to succeed as an NFL quarterback. Decision making off the field is big red flag. Decision making and consistency on the field are erratic; still green mentality and does not consistently display the awareness to go through his reads and progressions. Struggles under pressure and forces throws when the rush is in his face; needs to develop a better awareness for the pass rush. Needs to do a better job of distributing his weight and not relying on his arm to deliver the ball to the receiver; tends to trust his arm too often, at times resulting in underthrown balls. Would like to see him do a better job of sinking his hips and driving through on his throws, especially when attempting to deliver the ball down the field. Lacks mobility and at times can be considered a stationary target with his lack of escapability to buy time. Won't beat a defense with his legs and doesn't have the mobility or agility to evade the rush or climb the pocket quickly. Durability and off-field red flags will push his stock down.

Background: Torn ACL in the second-to-last game of the 2013 season knocked him out for the year and for the NFL Scouting Combine. Owns significant off-field questions; pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery after groping a woman in 2010, which led to him being kicked off of the team at Georgia. In addition, has a track record for drug use that is well-known by NFL teams and could lead to him being taken off of a number of team's draft boards. In one year at Butler Community College he started 12 games and threw for 2,678 yards, 32 touchdowns, and four interceptions. Coming out of Butler CC he was rated as a four-star prospect and the No. 17 JUCO player in the country by Rivals.com; he turned down offers from Alabama, Texas A&M, Louisville, Arizona, Arkansas, Ole Miss, and Cincinnati, among others. When he came out of Oconee County High School in Watkinsville, Georgia and signed with the Bulldogs he was rated as a four-star prospect, the No. 11 pro-style quarterback and No. 199 overall player in the country, and the No. 13 player in the state of Georgia by Rivals.com; he originally turned down an offer from Florida State, among others, when he signed with Georgia as a junior in high school. Between his junior and senior seasons in high school he threw for 3,439 yards and 29 touchdowns.

 


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