Player, Pos, Team Height Weight Draft Grade
11 Zach Mettenberger QB, LSU 6'5" 230 B 6.4 Full Scouting Report

Scouting Report:

Zach Mettenberger - Quarterback

Mettenberger originally enrolled at Georgia in 2009 and redshirted. He was charged and pleaded guilty to a sexual battery charge in the spring of 2010 and was removed from the football roster. He transferred to Butler Community College in Kansas and played there in the 2010 season. He then transferred to LSU. He was a backup in the 2011 season and has been the starter the last two seasons. Until this past Saturday at Ole Miss, he had been enjoying a productive season. In their first 6 games, he had thrown only two interceptions, but he had three on Saturday as LSU suffered their second loss of the season. For the year, Mettenberger has completed 135 of 207 passes for 2164 yards, 16 TDs and five interceptions.

Mettenberger is a big guy at about 6’5 – 230. He is an average athlete and lacks top foot quickness. He has some straight line quickness but is not overly agile. I would say he runs in the 4.9 – 4.95 range. He plays in a pro-style offense and has played from both under center and in a spread this season. He shows adequate setup quickness, but he is not very mobile. Because of his lack of mobility, he does get sacked a lot. He will show a feel for pass rushers and step up in the pocket, but he cannot extend plays with his feet. He displays good throwing mechanics, holds the ball high, and has a quick compact delivery. He has very long arms but can get rid of the ball faster than many long armed QBs. He has good arm strength. He doesn’t drill the ball, but he puts a nice spin on it and throws a very catchable ball. This season he has shown good accuracy and touch to go along with good ball placement. He shows poise in the pocket, is patient, and can go through a progression. In the games viewed, his decision making was good, and I didn’t see many forced throws. LSU does have some designed rollouts, and he shows he can throw on the run, but he is not a threat to get yardage with his feet.

When grading QBs you not only look at the physical traits but what they do in key situations. In one game (Georgia), Zach was 6-9 on third down including three TD passes. That is excellent production, but you don’t see that every game. His on-field demeanor has also been good in the games I’ve seen. He has shown a great deal of improvement this season. Having a former NFL Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator (Cam Cameron) helps in his development. Still, at this time, I don’t see an NFL starter. There are questions I need answered. As big as he is, I don’t see a well-developed kid. He needs to spend more time in the weight room. While he has shown some on field leadership this year, I need to know more about his football character (passion for the game, work habits, competitive nature, etc.). His past indiscretions may have been just a sign of immaturity at the time, but at the position he plays, you have to have all the answers. There is still a long way to go in the evaluation process, and I will update this evaluation as I get all the answers. He is an interesting prospect, but at this time I wouldn’t use a premium pick on him. 

12 Kain Colter QB, Northwestern 6'1" 190 C 6.4 Stats
13 Tom Savage QB, Pittsburgh 6'5" 230 C 6.4 Full Scouting Report

Scouting Report:


Tom Savage – Quarterback – Pittsburgh



Size – 6037 – 229 – 4.97



Strong Points – Has excellent size, plays in a pro style offense, once he makes a decision the ball is out of his hand quickly, arm strength, throws a tight ball, flashes short to medium range accuracy



Weak Points – In his five year college career, he was at three different schools, didn’t play in a game in 2011 or 2012, inconsistent decision making, inconsistent reading defenses causing him to make poor decisions, lacks mobility and gets sacked a lot, very average ability to extend plays, average athlete.



2014 Stats – 389 attempts – 238 completions – 61.2%, 21 TDs – nine interceptions



Summation – Savage is a fifth-year senior and a two-year starter. He originally enrolled at Rutgers in 2009 and started 11 of the 12 games he played. In 2010 he played in six games, starting four. He lost his starting job due to both a hand injury and ineffective play.



After losing his starting job at Rutgers, he transferred to Arizona and had to sit the 2011 season as a transfer. After feeling that he wasn’t a fit for the Arizona offense and wasn’t going to get playing time, he transferred to Pitt in 2012. Again, he had to sit out the season as a transfer. He started every game in 2013 for Pitt, compiling a 7-6 record.



Savage has excellent size at 6037 – 236, but that is a far cry from the 6’6” that Pitt listed him as being. While he lacks speed (4.97) he has some short area quickness, but not enough to scare defenses.

He plays in a pro-style offense with pass plays coming from both under center and in the spread. When playing from under center, he shows good setup quickness and usually stays in balance in the pocket. He has adequate feet but little mobility. His feel for pass rushers is adequate, and he takes a lot of sacks. He doesn’t have the mobility to do a consistently good job extending plays with his feet. He will only run if he has to.



Most of Savage’s production comes on short to medium range passes underneath the coverage. He shows he can go through a progression, but you seldom see him going back to his first read. When not pressured, he can make some good shorter throws, showing better than average accuracy and ball placement. He has a fairly tight delivery, and once he makes a decision, the ball is out of his hands. He usually throws a tight, catchable ball.



He will flash on some deeper throws, and I have seen some very good longer throws, but his overall long/deep accuracy is average. He can have some trouble reading the center of the field, and I have seen a number of plays where he doesn’t see the backside safety. On these types of plays, the ball either gets intercepted or broken up. In the Florida State game, this happened a lot. He threw two interceptions and very well could have thrown four (drops).



Savage has talent but is still raw. 2013 was his first extended playing time since his true freshman year in 2009. He has two things that pro teams love: size and a strong arm. His instincts and feel for the game are only average, and at this time, I see him as strictly a developmental quarterback. He will need time and coaching. His mobility will never improve, so he has to become a quicker decision maker and, of course, make the right decisions.



Where we have seen some people project Savage as a second round player, I can’t say that. He may never be better than a third quarterback. I feel it is fair to say that he could get drafted as high as the fourth round. Players like Russell Wilson and Kyle Orton who went in the third and fourth round respectively were much better college players. While I do see some developmental traits, there are a lot of unanswered questions. The most important being why did he transfer twice. If it’s because he wanted a job handed to him, he will never succeed.



Grade C 6.4

 

14 Logan Thomas QB, Virginia Tech 6'5" 254 C 6.3 Stats
15 Jeff Mathews QB, Cornell 6'3" 225 C 6.3 Stats
16 Connor Shaw QB, South Carolina 6'1" 209 C 6.3 Stats
17 James Franklin QB, Missouri 6'2" 225 C 6.3 Full Scouting Report

Scouting Report:

James Franklin – Quarterback

Franklin has had good production the last three seasons at Missouri, but he has a problem with durability. He missed time last year (three games) and has not played in the last four games this year. Franklin has good size (6’2 – 230) to go along with good, but not great, athletic ability. He plays from a spread formation where they pass the ball about 60% of the time. They also do a lot of read option in the run game. Franklin looks to have better than average straight line speed, but I would not call him a quick footed, elusive athlete. At times, he can be almost flat footed in the pocket and his ability to avoid pass rushers is average. He is a better ball carrier than scrambler.

The Missouri offense is more sophisticated now than it was when Blaine Gabbert was playing. Gabbert played from mostly a half-field read offense which is not the case now. Franklin goes through somewhat of a progression, but seldom do you see him get to the third option. While he has a strong arm and spins the ball well, I feel his accuracy is average. He has a deliberate overhand delivery, and the ball does not come out of his hand quickly. In the games viewed, he seldom had to put the ball in a tight window. His accuracy is best on shorter throws as is his ball placement. The further downfield he throws, the less accurate he is. He does flash being able to throw with touch, but again, he can struggle if he has to “thread the needle”. Though a good runner, he is only average at extending plays with his feet. His ability to throw with accuracy on the run is average.

Because of injuries, I have not seen as much tape on Franklin as I would like. Right now, I see him as a late round type who will need time to develop. With most clubs carrying only two quarterbacks on the active roster, I see James as a practice squad player as a rookie. In time he could develop into a competent number two quarterback, but I don’t see potential starter ability at this time. If he is able to come back and play the final two games of the season and play in a bowl game, I will look at that tape for a possible upgrade.

18 Jordan Lynch QB, Northern Illinois 6'0" 216 C 6.3 Full Scouting Report

Scouting Report:

If there is one player who has created a lot of conversation in the draftnik community this year, it’s Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch. One group feels he has a chance to be an NFL quarterback. Another feels he will have to switch positions in order to have a chance. Yet another group feels he isn’t even a prospect. Not that I want to sit on the fence, but I’m somewhere in between the first two groups.

Lynch is a fifth-year senior and a two-year starter at Northern. He has become one of the most productive passers in school history throwing for over 6200 yards and 51 touchdowns. He has rushed for over 4300 yards and 48 TDs. The bulk of those numbers have come the last two seasons, leading the Huskies to a 24–4 record.

Lynch does not have ideal QB size. He will measure in the 6003 – 212 pound area, and I estimate that he will run around 4.60. He is well built and strong to go along with good to very good overall athleticism. While he is not a burner, he has quick feet, a burst, and very good body control and change of direction.

Jordan leads a read option type offense and will throw the ball 25–30 times a game. He also carries the ball himself 20–25 times a game. As a passer, he shows adequate arm strength. He can throw the ball 50+ yards downfield. There are QB’s in the NFL who don’t have Lynch’s arm strength. I don't like that he doesn’t consistently throw a tight ball. While the majority of his throws are tight, there are still too many that are loose spirals. A loose ball has no chance of cutting the wind. I noticed that he throws a tighter, higher velocity ball when he throws on the run. 

Lynch has fairly good mechanics. He has a compact overhand delivery and a quick release. He also shows good accuracy and ball placement with his throws. He is patient, can see the field, and find an open receiver. He does a good job going through a progression, and he is not one to force a throw. He has thrown only 14 interceptions in the last two seasons.

What he does as well as any QB in the country is avoid the rush, extend plays with his feet, and run. When he decides to run, he is more like a running back than a QB. He is quick-footed and elusive and runs with power. He is an instinctive runner and can make people miss both in tight and in the open.

The one thing a quarterback has to have in order to be successful is leadership. Lynch is an outstanding leader and has excellent football character. This will go a long way in determining his success at the next level. If I was doing the drafting, I would draft Lynch as a QB and let him show me he can’t play QB before I would have him switch positions. He lacks ideal height and doesn’t have a cannon for an arm, but he is a winner and has outstanding intangibles. While I don’t see him as a future starter in the NFL, I do see a player that can be a more than adequate backup. The team that drafts Lynch has to have a plan for him, as he is different than most QBs. I dare say that if he was 6’2 or taller, we would be talking about him as a third round type guy and not a late rounder. Above all else, he is a football player!

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19 Stephen Morris QB, Miami (FL) 6'2" 215 C 6.3 Stats
20 Dustin Vaughn QB, West Texas A&M 6'5" 220 C 6.3 Stats
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