Scouting Report: Zach Mettenberger

Thomas Frank Carr

ESPN Radio 1450 Draft Analyst 

Zach Mettenberger

Sr. QB LSU

Height: 6’5”                             Weight: 224                   Hands: 9 3/4”                     40 yard Dash: DNP  


 

Strengths

·         Prototype size for NFL QB

·         Big time NFL arm

·         Climbs the pocket well to avoid the rush

·         Throws a tight spiral

·         Very sound fundamentals

·         Can throw from multiple platforms

·         Decent accuracy

·         Stands strong in the face of the rush

·         Keeps eyes downfield when pressured

·         Goes through progressions well

·         Ran pro-style offense Under Cam Cameron at LSU 

 

Weaknesses

·         Has cement feet

·         Big windup

·         Footwork can get lazy at times, especially under pressure 

·         Relies too much on his arm and doesn’t use his legs to throw the ball

·         Accuracy is good, not great

·         Doesn’t sell play fakes well

·         Hasn’t mastered the minutia of position

·         Doesn’t manipulate safeties with eyes

·         Doesn’t make snap decisions

·         Torn ACL at end of season leads to injury questions

·         Small hands for frame size

 


Analysis:

Mettenberger is a classic pocket passer in the mold of Drew Bledsoe and Carson Palmer.  He has a great arm and protytpe size for the position. But he has slow feet and very little athletic ability outside the pocket.   He possesses strong instincts for the position and displays an ability to work through his progressions and make the right read in tough situations.  Played well against top teams like Alabama and Auburn his senior year. Mettenberger’s biggest problem is his slow release. He has a big windup and has trouble delivering the ball quickly. It’s still within the realm of acceptable but just barely. Teams will likely shy away from him because of a torn ACL suffered at the end of the season vs. Arkansas. Mettenberger possesses a lot of the traits that you want in a starting NFL quarterback and could be a mid-round steal in this year’s draft if he lands on the right team.