Zach Mettenberger is 6-foot-5, has a howitzer in place of his right arm, and despite throwing just 11 passes in his circuitous college career, he’s already been dubbed “Mett-siah” by LSU fans who are giddy that the Jordan Jefferson/Jarrett Lee era has mercilessly come to an end.
That’s enough, apparently, for Mettenberger to be placed on a “Top 50 for the 2013 NFL draft” list by Tony Softli, the former VP of Player Personnel of the St. Louis Rams. Sure, Mettenberger is only the 7th QB on the list – we’ve been saying for awhile how loaded this draft could be at QB, depending on what underclassmen come out – but the fact that he’s on the list is worth mentioning. Not on the list: Geno Smith of West Virginia, who is a fringe Heisman candidate and should put up monster numbers throwing to Tavon Austin.
One area where Softli may not have done his homework – Tyler Wilson (1) vs. Tyler Bray (33). A lot of folks wondered why I had Bray atop my 2013 mock draft and the answer is simple – he’s got two incredible receivers returning (Da Rick Rogers and Justin Hunter, two NFL prospects). Wilson, whom I love, just lost his best two (Wright and Childs) to the Vikings in the NFL draft, but does return Cobi Hamilton. (Also, Knile Davis is back, so the Razorbacks will run more than they did last year.) That’s another reason I didn’t have Landry Jones in the 1st round.
Previously: 2013 NFL Mock Draft