Nov 23, 2013; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers quarterback Zach Mettenberger (8) against the Texas A

NFL Draft rumors: Zach Mettenberger ranked as fifth best QB in class

The NFL Draft is right around the corner and teams are already starting to eye prospects for their big board. Teams in need of a quarterback may not have to spring for one at the top of the draft, as a decent crop of signal callers are coming out and going pro this season.

NFL.com draft analyst Bucky Brooks ranked who he thought were the five best quarterbacks in this year’s class and injured LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger cracked the ranking. Behind the notable and usual suspects of Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles and Derek Carr, Mettenberger comes in as Brooks’ fifth best quarterback this year.

Old-school pocket passer with a big arm and rapidly improving game. The ACL injury will send him down the charts a bit, but watching his work in Cam Cameron’s system will make him a favorite of proponents of the vertical passing game.

While he wasn’t the college superstar that the other names on the list were, or the names not on there like Tajh Boyd and A.J. McCarron, Mettenberger is starting to sound like a guy teams could take a chance on higher than expected. He’s a second or third round pick right now, but a team like the Minnesota Vikings could get sneaky and take him early on the second day.

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