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Drafted By: Titans
  • Round 6
  • Pick 2
  • Overall 178
Grade
5.37 ?

Draft Analysis:

"Whether it's a medical issue or the diluted sample in Indianapolis, there's a reason why this guy with second-round talent is going in the sixth round. That's immaterial now. Jake Locker has been unsuccessful there. (New head coach) Ken Whisenhunt is inheriting him. He will have less patience with Locker if he struggles. Locker is on a one-year contract that might not be all 16 games. Mettenberger can make all the throws. He has a world of talent and has been in a pro system under Cam Cameron at LSU." -- Charley Casserly

  • 6'5" Height
  • 32 3/8" Arm Length
  • 224LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/4" Hands

Overview

The Georgia prep graduated early and enrolled at the University of Georgia in January 2009 and redshirted in the fall. Was arrested in March '10 and pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery and was dismissed from the Bulldogs. Spent the '10 campaign leading Butler County CC (Kan.) to an 11-1 record and the JUCO National Championship game after completing 176-of-299 passes for 2,678 yards (58.9 percent) with 32 touchdowns and four interceptions. Transferred to LSU in '11, seeing limited action in five games and posted 8-11-92-1-0 (72.7). Made all 13 starts in '12 and threw for 207-352-2,609-12-7 (58.8). In '13, logged 192-296-3,082-22-8 (64.9) in 12 starts. Did not play in the Outback Bowl against Iowa after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee against Arkansas in the regular-season finale. Is the only LSU quarterback to throw for 2,500 or more yards in back-to-back seasons. Two-time team captain and had a 19-6 record in 25 starts at LSU and 30-7 as a collegiate QB. Did not work out at the NFL Scouting Combine because of knee injury.

Analysis

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.

Weaknesses

Heavy-footed with a long delivery, which translates to the pocket closing on him quickly when he moves and is forced off a spot. Takes unnecessary sacks and is rattled easily under duress. Really labors to hasten his release and get rid of the ball quickly when needed. Has tunnel vision and arms the ball too much. Tends to trigger late and frequently underthrows the deep ball. Does not throw receivers open and forces them to adjust. Can learn to take pace off the ball and throw with more touch, better timing and anticipation. Had a very strong supporting cast with NFL-caliber receivers and a stout offensive line. Weight fluctuated early in his career and arrived at LSU pushing 260 pounds. Is coming off an ACL injury and will require some rehabilitation time. Character will require closer scrutiny.

Draft Projection

Rounds 4-5

Bottom Line

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.
-Nolan Nawrocki
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.

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