Oct 26, 2013; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers quarterback Zach Mettenberger (8) runs off the field after the game against the Furman Paladins at Tiger Stadium. LSU won 48-16. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft Rumors: New England Patriots, Arizona Cardinals could target Zach Mettenberger as future starter

While he is steadily rising up teams’ NFL Draft boards, LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger isn’t seen as a signal caller that will see the field right away. Rather, he’s seen more as someone that needs to be groomed for a few years before he hits the field, and NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah sees specifically the New England Patriots and Arizona Cardinals as two good places for him to receive that grooming.

In regards to Arizona, Jeremiah believes that Mettenberger is a great fit with Bruce Arians and what he likes to do in his offensive scheme.

“I look at the Arizona Cardinals as a potential good fit there,” NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah said Monday on “Path to the Draft.” “Carson Palmer is not going to play forever. They’ll love what they have in Mettenberger as a pocket passer, someone who can push the ball vertically down the field. That fits in that Bruce Arians offense.

As for the Patriots, Jeremiah pointed out the rather obvious point of current back up Ryan Mallett not being around much longer, meaning that Mettenberger could be made into the eventual Tom Brady replacement.

“Ryan Mallett is not going to be around much longer,” said Jeremiah. “Give yourself a young backup that has a lot of skills to eventually develop into a starter down the road.”

Both scenarios do make a lot of sense, the biggest question that just needs to be answered is where in the draft do they select him for this back up role?

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