The flip-flopping of quarterback rankings for the 2014 NFL draft has been practically unprecedented, with no clear-cut top QB in the draft, and many of the less talked about ones creeping up on the big boards. LSU’s Zach Mettenberger is the latest to make an analyst do an about-face.
ESPN analyst and QB-dissector Ron Jaworski has moved Mettenberger up to the number two overall quarterback in this year’s draft and draws comparisons between the LSU senior and Baltimore Ravens QB, Joe Flacco.
Per an SI.com story, Jaworski said of Mettenberger, “When you watch him on tape, this guy has an NFL skill set.” and that he has “very similar traits” to Joe Flacco.
The comparison to Flacco isn’t as big of a surprise as Jaworski moving Mettenberger up that far on his list of QBs. That means that he’s putting a guy who just blew up his ACL at the end of his college career above Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel and Derek Carr.
Jaworski has UCF’s Blake Bortles at the top of his QB list.
Mettenberger has good size, and did get familiar with an NFL style pro-set offense in his final season at LSU under offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, but it may be a bit much to give him the edge over some of the other names on that list.