As it stands right now, let's be honest, Zach Mettenberger is nowhere near ready to be an NFL quarterback.
But with a year of starting experience under his belt, playing against the best competition in the country in the SEC, the LSU senior-to-be is well on his way.
Mettenberger has all the intangibles to be an exceptional NFL quarterback in the future. At 6'5", 230 pounds, he has ideal size that teams look for in a quarterback. He has a big arm and can make all the throws when given time in the pocket.
With a big senior season, we could see Mettenberger's name shoot up 2014 NFL draft charts. In fact, being a first-round selection is a serious possibility for the talented kid out of Watkinsville, Ga.
This year's quarterback class was far from loaded as only one quarterback (EJ Manuel) was selected in the first round of the draft. In fact, a total of two quarterbacks were selected in the first 72 picks of the 2013 NFL draft.
So now, we ask, how does the 2014 quarterback class look?
Where does Zach Mettenberger fit into the group?
Let's go ahead and list the top 10 NFL quarterback prospects in 2014.
1. Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
Bridgewater looks like he could be the next Cam Newton.
Standing at 6'3", 220 pounds, the junior-to-be has exceptional size, passing ability and speed.
Bridgewater passed for more than 3,700 yards last season, while leading Louisville to an11-2 record, including a commanding win over Florida in the BCS Sugar Bowl.
He is the complete package, which is just what NFL teams seem to be searching for in this day and era.
2. AJ McCarron, Alabama
All AJ McCarron does is win.
So if you're an NFL team, why wouldn't you want a guy like that on your team?
McCarron has posted a 25-2 record in his two years as Alabama's starting quarterback. That record should only improve in 2013 as the Tide are expected to enter this season as the preseason No.1-ranked team in the country.
In addition to throwing for more than 5,500 yards over the past two seasons, McCarron has also tossed 46 touchdown passes, compared to only eight interceptions.
He wins, he puts up big numbers and he has a smoking hot girlfriend.
What more could you want?
3. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
No one knows for sure right now if Johnny Football is going to declare for the NFL draft after just two years of college football.
But, it's certainly possible.
If he does indeed declare, an NFL team is going to get one of the most exceptional quarterbacks in college football history.
Manziel posted insane numbers last season, passing for more than 3,700 yards and rushing for more than 1,400 yards. He went on to win the Heisman Trophy as a freshman, which had never been done before in college football.
Whether Manziel decides to bolt early for the NFL draft in 2014, or stay in college for another year or two, either way, he certainly has a bright future ahead.
4. Aaron Murray, Georgia
It's not often that you see a dominant quarterback stay for four years in college and get significantly better each and every year.
That has been the case with Murray, who should continue to shatter Georgia passing records this upcoming season.
Through three seasons in the Red and White, Murray has already totaled more than 10,000 passing yards and 95 passing touchdowns. He has been dominant and will continue to get better as he approaches the NFL.
The one area Murray needs to improve on is delivering in big-time games on big-time stages. If he can do that this season, then this kid should be a first-round lock in the 2014 NFL draft.
No doubt about it.
5. Zach Mettenberger, LSU
As mentioned earlier, Mettenberger has all the intangibles and measurables needed to become an elite NFL quarterback in the future. It's just a matter of him figuring it all out in time.
There isn't a single quarterback on this list with a stronger arm than Mettenberger.
This 2013 college football season will be a huge test for the Tigers' senior quarterback.
If he passes the test with flying colors, look for Mettenberger to hear his name called in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft.
Five others to consider
Tajh Boyd, Clemson
Braxton Miller, Ohio State
David Fales, San Jose State
Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech
Derek Carr, Fresno State
*This list includes those who are eligible for the 2014 draft and does not guarantee that these players will declare early.
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