The Kansas City Chiefs currently have six picks in the 2014 NFL Draft. While the Chiefs more than likely won’t use one of their six picks on a quarterback, there are a few decent quarterback prospects who will be available in the later rounds. One of those quarterbacks is LSU’s Zach Mettenberger.
While Mettenberger played most of his college career with LSU, he originally was enrolled at Georgia. He had some off the field issues, which caused him to be kicked off the team. He then transferred to Butler Community College and led them to an appearance in the JUCO Championship game (Source: NFL.com‘s Nolan Nawrocki).
Mettenberger eventually transferred to LSU and played three seasons as a Tiger. He ended his college career at LSU with 5,783 passing yards and 35 touchdowns (Source: Sports Reference).
According to NFLDraftScout.com, Mettenberger is projected to be drafted sometime in the third or fourth round. He did not attend the combine due to a torn ACL he sustained late in LSU’s season.
As I stated earlier, the Chiefs really don’t need another quarterback on the roster. Alex Smith had a fantastic first year in Kansas City, Chase Daniel proved to be a reliable back-up, and Tyler Bray is still new to the team.
Here is what Nolan Nawrocki of NFL.com lists as Mettenberger’s strengths,
“Exceptional size. Outstanding arm strength — spins it with velocity and can make all the throws. Can drill the deep out and fit it into a tight window across the field throwing to his left. Ran an NFL-style offense under coordinator Cam Cameron and learned how to become more of a leader as a senior.”
Something to keep in mind with Mettenberger is that he is coming off an ACL tear that ended his season at LSU and kept him from participating in the combine. Nawrocki says that interviews with teams are more than likely going to determine Mettenberger’s draft status.
“Pure dropback, strong-armed thrower who will require patient, confidence-building play-calling and a clean pocket to function at a high level in the NFL. Has starter talent in a vertical, downfield passing attack if he can learn to take command of a huddle and continue progressing as a decision-maker. How he interviews with teams could go a long way toward determining his draft status.” – Nawrock’s “Bottom Line” on Mettenberger
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