On November 29 of last year, Zach Mettenberger’s LSU career came to an end on a 32-yard completion to Jarvis Landry.
On the play, Mettenberger suffered a grade-3 ACL tear and he couldn’t have surgery until January.
However, he was back – at about 85 percent – for LSU’s Pro Day in early April.
There may be some questions about Mettenberger, but no one questions his toughness, and, at 6’5 and 230 pounds, he’s got ideal size.
“His strength is his size,” confirmed draft expert Mike Detillier. “He can make every throw in the book, and, I think, in this draft class he has the strongest arm of any quarterback – any of them.”
Detillier still thinks at least five other quarterbacks will go ahead of Mettenberger.
“I think he’ll end up as a middle second round pick,” he said.
Mettenberger took a long, difficult and well-documented road to his current draft status.
Immaturity got him kicked off Georgia’s team, but that was so long ago that Mettenberger’s leadership qualities are now considered a strength.
The knock, of course, is that he is an old school pocket passer and not the most mobile guy.
“You look at QB’s like Drew Bledsoe and Joe Flacco, those guys are kind of statues in the pocket,” said Detillier. “What he’s going to have to learn is to move a little bit left, a little bit right and step up better in the pocket.”
Mettenberger says he’ll be at full strength by the time rookie mini-camps come next month.