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NFL Draft: LSU’s Mettenberger heading to Titans

Zach Mettenberger

LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger is breathing a bit of a sigh of relief now after finally hearing his name called by an NFL team. Mettenberegr was drafted early in the sixth round by the Tennessee Titans with the 178th overall pick. At Tennessee he will likely be given a chance to back-up Jake Locker right away and perhaps make a case to put the pressure on for a starting job.

Mettenberger likely dropped so far in the draft because of injury concerns after being beat up last fall for the Tigers. He can be accurate and there really is little to doubt his toughness. If he can pick up the playbook and put together some solid practices in spring camps and training camp, it would not be a total shock to see Mettenberger get some playing time this fall, especially if Locker struggles.

The SEC regained control in the conference draft pick totals at the end of the fifth round. As the fifth round came to a close, the SEC accounted for 36 draft picks after sending 10 players in the fifth round. That helped pull back ahead of the ACC and start to create a little breathing room in the total count. The ACC ended the fifth round with 31 picks, the Pac-12 had 27 picks and the Big Ten had 25 picks.

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4 Responses to “NFL Draft: LSU’s Mettenberger heading to Titans”
  1. woebegong says: May 10, 2014 6:57 PM

    He has the physical skills and body to do some good things, but I think he probably has a fair amount of growing up to do. He needs to learn to find his receivers quicker and quit hesitating too long, because in the Pros he isn’t going to have the luxury of time, and he will need to release a lot quicker.

  2. Deb says: May 10, 2014 7:11 PM

    Agree with woebegong’s assessment, but this could be a good fit for Mettenberger if he gets the time to grow. Cameron did a nice job bringing him along last season. The big question will be whether he’ll be allowed the opportunity to develop alongside Locker rather than being thrown into the deep water too quickly.

  3. tngilmer says: May 11, 2014 8:42 AM

    Given the sketchy drug test sample he submitted at the combine, I would not be the least bit surprised to see him fail a real NFL drug test and never play.

  4. phillyphanatic77 says: May 11, 2014 10:48 AM

    This kid was my favorite of the 2nd tier QBs in the draft. Granted, he was throwing to two NFL receivers but Mettenberger has undeniable talent. I personally believe he has the best arm of any incoming signal caller. Give him a year to fully recover from his injury and then he should be competing for the job in Tennessee (unless Locker emerges). His skill set reminds me of Carson Palmer.

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