Zach Mettenberger – QB LSU, 6’5″, 224 LBS, 9.75 Hands
Drafted Round 6, Pick 2 , Tennessee Titans
Combine Results: 4.83 Forty | 31.0″ Vertical Jump | 27 reps Bench Press
- Three-time first-team All-Big Ten (2011-13) selection.
- Second-team AP All-American pick.
- Finalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy (biggest influence on the team).
NFL Impact: Mettenberger has exceptional size. He simply looks the part of an NFL quarterback. Good downfield vision with a strong rocket-like arm. Mettenberger sees the field well and has the ability to make all the throws. He can fit the short ball into a tight window, drill the deep ball with authority as well as make the throw to the opposite hash mark. Mettenberger has excellent pocket presence, keeping his eyes downfield and delivers the pass even when facing pressure. Strong enough to make the deep ball but smart enough to know when to check down. Not a mobile quarterback but he’s not a sitting duck either. Can use his feet to slide in the pocket and the rocket arm does the rest. A very hard worker, he ran a pro-style offense under Cam Cameron and stepped up and displayed leadership as a senior.
While Mettenberger has a cannon arm, his delivery is on the slow side which could lead to taking a lot of hits, vulnerability to sacks as well as strip fumbles from behind. While he can slide within the pocket, he’s heavy footed and won’t bail out a weakness on the offensive line. He will sometimes take unnecessary sacks and needs to do a better job of throwing the ball away when the play just isn’t there. He played on a team loaded with talent at wide receiver and a stout offensive line so there’s questions about whether his performance was him or his supporting cast. He’s coming off an ACL injury and will require additional rehabilitation time.
Fantasy Impact: Mettenberger is more of a project than a plug and play quarterback. While he’s big and strong and has the arm of a quarterback, this isn’t an Andrew Luck in terms of readiness or a Russell Wilson in terms of ability to use his legs when needed. Playing for the Titans there will be no rush on developing Mettenberger into a starter. Jake Locker is entrenched as the starting quarterback but his rookie deal expires at the end of the season. Mettenberger has the chance to show coaches what they have in him as a potential replacement, cheaper replacement, than resigning Locker. Obviously, Locker’s success (or failures) in 2014 will go a long way in determining Mettenberger’s fate but the door is open a crack. Quarterbacks normally take a few years before they are starter worthy but many have jumped that gun in recent history. Remember, Tom Brady was a 5th round pick so anything is possible when talking about a tall, strong armed passer. He could be a decent speculative play in long term keeper or dynasty leagues.