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

Chris Simms: Zach Mettenberger "Perfect Fit" for Vikings


One analyst has a quarterback he think would be a good fit for the Vikings in the 2014 NFL Draft, but it’s not one that’s expected to go in the first round.

Bleacher Report’s Chris Simms said in a recent video that he thought Zach Mettenberger out of LSU would be “a perfect fit in Minnesota.”

Simms, son of former New York Giants quarterback and current broadcaster Phil Simms, spent six seasons in the NFL as a quarterback after being drafted in the third round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Simms was also a coaching assistant with the New England Patriots in 2012.

Simms described Mettenberger as a pocket passer with great size and plenty of arm talent. Simms thinks that will appeal to offensive coordinator Norv Turner.

“One thing we know about Norv: he likes quarterbacks who stand in the pocket and throw the ball down the field,” Simms said.

As a senior last year, Mettenberger threw for 3082 yards and 22 touchdowns, while tossing eight interceptions. He also had an impressive yards per attempt mark of 10.41 and a passer rating of 171.4.

“Really played well last year as a senior at LSU,” Simms said. “Made all of the throws under an offensive coordinator from the NFL, Cam Cameron.”

Mettenberger’s draft stock was climbing before an ACL injury in his final regular season game caused it to drop back down. Mettenberger has not been able to work out for NFL teams yet at the Senior Bowl or combine, but reportedly plans to throw at LSU’s pro day on April 9.

When asked what round the Vikings could take Mettenberger in, Simms said: “Early third. He’s coming off ACL surgery, so I can’t see anybody taking him first or second rounds.”

With Matt Cassel re-signed in Minnesota, Simms suggested Mettenberger could essentially red-shirt his rookie year to get healthy and acclimated to the NFL, and then compete for the starting job his second season.

Before he gets drafted by any team, however, Mettenberger will have to answer some questions about his past. Mettenberger was originally a member of the Georgia football team but was removed for violating team rules. Mettenberger later plead guilty to two charges of sexual battery, stemming from an incident at a bar in Georgia.

Mettenberger will have to convince NFL executives that those actions are a thing of the past if he wants the Vikings, or any team, to call his name early in the draft.

So what do you think, Vikings fans? Can you see Mettenberger keeping the purple and gold color scheme or would you rather another team pick him in the draft? Sound off in the comments below or hit me up on Twitter @Goatman102!


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  • Don Andrew Halvorson

    Minnesota is pretty well placed draft order wise. If Manziel, Bridgewater, and Bortles are gone, then we wait until the second round. If Carr is gone in the second round, then we wait for the third round to choose between Garapollo or Mettenberger. No real choice unless Johnny and Teddy are both available (Can’t really see Houston going Clowney, Jacksonville goes Khalil, Cleveland going Bortles, Oakland going Watkins. So no choice really.)

    • Rickey Wiggins

      Even if the “top three” QBs are there, I still wouldn’t take them. None of them are worthy of a top ten pick.

      • Don Andrew Halvorson

        Nah man. None of the cornerbacks are worthy of top consideration with the insane depth in this draft. Why get Gilbert at 8 instead of Fuller or Verrett at 40 when we have two starters already? We know Clowney is gone and Khalil Mack will likely be gone. That leaves Anthony Barr, CJ Mosley, and Dee Ford for defense. Ford is not a top twenty pick. So who’s left? Barr over Bridgewater, Manziel, and Bortles so we can start Cassel? Mosley when we have two decent Mikes already? Nah man. QB is a good value here. Wanted Mariota though, so if Mack falls, hopefully we’ll be in play for a starter next season.

        • twrdh

          What two mikes do we have already? Cole is a potentially but unproven okay starter, and who knows what we have in Mauti, and then Brinkley who I wouldn’t describe as decent. I would certainly take Mosley or Barr over Manziel. I’m assuming Mack would be gone, but obviously I would take him also if available.

          • Don Andrew Halvorson

            Barr is an outside 3-4 guy anyway. Maybe he makes the transition, more than likely gone. It’s not unreasonable, but quarterback needs to be the pick. Brinkley is decent enough considering that one rotation linebacker doesn’t equal Super Bowl.

          • Mike Bridges

            If the Vikings don’t get this QB spot sorted now, we will be in danger of being not only Green Bay’s bitch, but Detroit and Chicago’s as well! We haven’t had a serviceable QB since Culpepper. Favre had one good season. I’ve been a fan of this team since Tarkenton’s second stint, I was a wee lad during the 60′s, and as much as I love this team and will till I die, I’m getting sick of being the bitch of the North! Zimmer is rebuilding that Defense and using some relatively young FA’s and they will get more Defensive players in the Draft but, QB has been a sore spot for awhile, and shouldn’t be cuz, Minnesota has had some great QB’s, and other than Tarkenton, Kramer, and Culpepper, they have pretty much been FA’s! That word ‘reach’ is starting to leave a bad taste. If you take the right QB, even in the 1st Round, it’s not a reach! SKOL

          • Ben Gotz

            I actually would not rule out Barr making the transition, because while Zimmer runs a 4-3 it functions very similar to a 3-4. He fit James Harrison, who had always been a 3-4 linebacker with the Steelers and fit him into his scheme, so I don’t doubt that he could do the same for Barr if he thinks he has potential.

  • William W. Kranig

    I really liked what I saw from Mettenberger. If we can get him in the 3rd, that’d be a steal considering he was trending first round talent prior to the ACL tear. I also really like Jimmy Garrapolo, I really don’t see a need to reach in this years draft.

    • Ben Gotz

      With such a deep class of quarterbacks, there’s definitely no reason to reach this year! I’m really curious as to where Mettenberger’s stock would’ve ended up without the injury, but I’ll guess we’ll probably never really know the answer to that question.

      • Don Andrew Halvorson

        Bortles wouldn’t be as popular a name. I know that much.

  • David Mallow

    would definitely take Mettenberger in the 3rd round…dudes got a HUGE arm,good accuracy and pocket presence. if we got him and let.him learn for a season, I guarantee they will have something good with this guy…