Feb 22, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Louisiana State quarterback Zachary Mettenberger speaks at the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft Rumors: Minnesota Vikings targeting Zach Mettenberger

The Minnesota Vikings are one of four teams picking in the first eight picks of the 2014 NFL draft with a need at the quarterback position, but according to Tony Pauline of Draftinsider.net, Mike Zimmer’s team is not looking to spend a first round pick on a signal-caller.

Pauline mentions former LSU Tigers quarterback Zach Mettenberger as the player the club is targeting in the near the top of second round.

The 6-5, 235-pound Mettenberger has the classic size you look for in a pocket passer and could have been a first round pick had he not sustained a torn ACL in the penultimate game for LSU this season against the Arkansas Razorbacks.

As a result of the injury, Mettenberger was unable to work out at the combine but he was able to interview and meet with NFL teams to assess his recovery and by all accounts Mettenberger is well ahead of schedule and will be healthy to participate in training camp this summer.

If the Vikings select him in the draft he would compete with Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder for the starting job, but neither of the two has shown to be a long-term solution as the position.

Mettenberger threw for 3,082 yards with 22 touchdowns on 64.9 percent passing with only eight interceptions.

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  • Brian Lietz

    It would be wise to take a 2nd tier guy like this and focus on D in the 1st round than to take a guy like Johnny Football. I’m glad Coach Zim isn’t into sideshows. Would Bud Grant draft Johnny Sideshow? No way! Keep it up, Zim!!!

  • Ken Tomlin

    I’m all for going D in the 1st rd, Mack or Gilbert would be great! I’m just hoping it’s not Mettenberger they target. The injury or recovery from it doesn’t worry me, and I think he has the physical and mental make up to be a good QB in the NFL. I just wouldn’t draft any player who was kicked out of school for sexual battery, especially at the QB position. That’s not just “being young and immature”! I’d go with Garoppolo in 2nd or Savage/Fales in 3rd/4th rd.

  • David Mallow

    Gilbert or Mosley in the first, Mettenberger in the 2nd is fine by me

  • Marc Bigelow

    Mettenberger’s numbers against quality competition throwing deeper patterns on a heavy run team line up with where Turner wants to go. I’ve been calling for him the whole offseason and watching Vikes and it adds up to hidden interest and great cover looking at the whole field of candidates (good due diligence as well). Pro day for Mett will open eyes.

  • Marc Bigelow

    Look at the Ultimate Texans article on statistical comparison of top 10 QB prospects.
    Best analysis yet. Mettenberger is top three easy.