ESPN’s Ron Jaworski believes that Mettenberger is the second best quarterback in this years draft behind only Blake Bortles of Central Florida. If Wednesday’s workout is any indication a few teams may be moving Mettenberger up their draft list.
According to reports from ESPN “Mettenberger helped to boost his draft stock with a display that would have been considered solid even if had never been injured. He’s projected as a possible second- or third-round draft choice.”
Mettenberger had surgery on Jan. 2 to repair his left knee. He threw about 125 passes while wearing a helmet and shoulder pads even running and throwing at times.
“I thought he did outstanding. Almost miraculous,” said LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, the longtime former NFL coach who directed the workout. “Thirteen weeks after surgery, to come out here and throw more than a hundred balls and complete 90-plus percent of them. …
“He was grinding today. We could have come out, made it a nice, easy workout, 50 balls. I’ve been to a couple of these, guys threw 40 balls and called it a day. But I think arm strength matters, and I think arm endurance matters.”
Of course the quarterback was a little tougher on himself saying, “I wasn’t too pleased with myself on some of those throws today. But sometimes I hold myself to an almost unrealistic standard. … All things considered, I thought I did OK, but I still have a lot of room to improve on.”
There is one thing Mettenberger believes he proved.
“I think I showed that I’m not gonna start the season on a PUP list,” Mettenberger said. “I think I showed that I’m gonna be healthy enough to practice and compete for a job. And by the time the season rolls around, I’m gonna be fully healed, no question.”
The former LSU signal caller believes he is about 85-90 percent healthy and says he should be 100 percent by the time rookie camps start in May.