Zach Mettenberger NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Titans QB

Ryan Lownes@@ryanlownesFeatured ColumnistFebruary 11, 2014

Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU (HT: 6’5”, WT: 224 lbs)

Tennessee Titans (Titans trade 186th and 228th picks to Redskins for 178th pick)

Sixth Round: 178th Pick 

NFL Comparison: Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers

Combine Weigh-in
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605022432 3/8"9 3/4"
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Positives

  • Stands tall in the pocket and has prototypical size at 6’5”, 224 lbs
  • Throws with tremendous velocity, drives the ball outside the numbers
  • Can make all of the throws
  • Has the arm strength and accuracy to squeeze the ball into tight windows
  • Displays touch in the intermediate to deep levels of the field
  • Shows some anticipation, throwing his receivers open
  • Good accuracy with impressive ball placement
  • Completes the deep out with ease
  • Poised and fairly calm with the pocket collapsing around him
  • Steps up and makes throws knowing he will be hit
  • Throws a very catchable ball
  • Takes shots downfield, throwing it up against single coverage and giving his receivers a chance to make a play
  • Demonstrates some awareness in the pocket
  • Despite lacking foot quickness, he displays decent pocket movement
  • Throws fairly well moving to his right
  • Excellent work ethic, showed impressive development as a senior
  • Two-year team captain with leadership skills
  • Tough, competitive player

Negatives

  • Relatively immobile pocket passer
  • Lacks speed and agility to escape pressure or hurt opponents on the ground
  • Fairly slow, wind-up delivery
  • Is heavy-footed and deliberate in his movements, sluggish to elude the rush
  • Underwent surgery after tearing his ACL in his final collegiate game
  • Occasionally reluctant to pull the trigger, holds on to the ball for too long and takes some bad sacks
  • Unable to improvise when plays have broken down
  • Elongated delivery allows defensive backs to break up passes
  • Concerns exist about his durability due to knee injury and lack of mobility
  • Lack of athleticism will limit offensive scheme fits
  • Maturity will be a question after being dismissed from Georgia’s football program

 

Collegiate Statistics
YearTeamCmpAttPCTYdsTDINT
2011LSU81172.79210
2012LSU20735258.82609127
2013LSU19229664.93082228
http://espn.go.com/college-football/player/stats/_/id/480251/zach-mettenberger

 

Personal Notes

  • Team captain as a junior and senior
  • Led his JUCO team, Butler (Kan.) Community College to an 11-1 record and national championship berth in 2010
  • Pled guilty to two sexual battery charges after an incident at a bar in March, 2010
  • Kicked off Georgia team in 2010 for violating team rules
  • Graduated with a degree in general studies

 

Ratings Chart

 

Overall

A traditional pocket passer with prototypical size and a rocket arm, Zach Mettenberger looks the part of an NFL quarterback. He showed tremendous progress as a senior under offensive coordinator Cam Cameron before falling victim to a late-season knee injury. While his lack of mobility is sure to turn some teams away, he projects well into a vertical offense that emphasizes attacking downfield.

 

Draft Projection: Third-Fourth Round

 

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