Nov 23, 2013; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers quarterback Zach Mettenberger (8) against the Texas A&M Aggies during the second half of a game at Tiger Stadium. LSU defeated Texas A&M 34-10. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft: Zach Mettenberger rapidly advancing in rehab

Former LSU Tigers quarterback Zach Mettenberger was the victim of some awful luck when his ACL was torn in the final regular season game against the Arkansas Razorbacks and missed the team’s Outback Bowl win over the Iowa Hawkeyes, but Mettenberger appears to be receiving some good fortune in his rehab.

The 6-5, 235-pound Mettenberger has been the forgotten man in terms of 2014 NFL draft prospects because he was unable to partake in last week’s Senior Bowl where the play of the signal-callers in attendance with exception of Fresno State’s Derek Carr and to a lesser extend Jimmy Garappolo left a lot to be desired.

Mettenberger could have used the game and week of practices to make his case for being a first round pick after a sensational senior season under Cam Cameron’s tutelage, but instead will be a wildcard in May’s draft.

He will be unable to workout at the NFL combine in February and likely will be severely limited at LSU’s pro day this spring, so teams will be gambling he returns to the form he showed as a senior.

He also has to answer questions about being a one-year wonder under Cameron, but that is one area where he can shine as he will be able to interview with teams and showcase his abilities on the white board with coaches.

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