Oct 26, 2013; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers quarterback Zach Mettenberger (8) looks on from the bench after throwing an interception during the second half of a game against the Furman Paladins at Tiger Stadium. LSU defeated Furman 48-16. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings to Meet with Zach Mettenberger


The Vikings got back to work today at Winter Park, but that doesn’t mean they’re done looking at prospects in the 2014 NFL Draft.

The Vikings will be at LSU’s pro day on Wednesday, April 9th, and will meet with quarterback Zach Mettenberger afterwards, according to NFL Network’s Albert Breer.

The private meeting will also include dinner, said Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. According to Tomasson, the Vikings “like [Mettenberger] a lot.”

Other teams meeting with Mettenberger after his workout include the Raiders, Lions and Titans. Mettenberger will also fly out to Jacksonville to meet with the Jaguars, according to Breer.

Mettenberger had an impressive senior season under new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, throwing for 3,082 yards, 22 touchdowns and only 8 interceptions on his way to a 171.4 passer rating. In Cameron’s pro-style system, Mettenberger also led the LSU offense to the nation’s best third-down conversion rate.

Mettenberger plans to do all quarterback drills at his pro day, according to reports. That would represent an impressive accomplishment, as Mettenberger will be barely over four months removed from ACL surgery on Wednesday. Mettenberger tore his ACL in his final regular season game as a student-athlete against Arkansas, and underwent surgery on Jan. 2nd.

In the past few days, reports linking Mettenberger to the Vikings have surfaced, with Tony Pauline of draftinsider.net calling Mettenberger the team’s “signal caller of choice.” The team views Mettenberger as a “perfect fit for Norv Turner’s system,” according to Pauline.

While Mettenberger may not feel up to another workout in his private meeting for the Vikings, they will still have plenty to discuss. Mettenberger has some off-field concerns after pleading guilty to two counts of sexual battery (not rape) his freshmen year at Georgia. Mettenberger was removed from the team afterwards, and spent a year at Butler Community College before transferring to LSU.

If Mettenberger is able to perform well at his pro day, his stock his likely to rise, and former Cowboys personnel man Gil Brandt wrote on NFL.com that Mettenberger could push himself into the second round of the draft with a good workout.

Whether this is a genuine sign of interest from the Vikings is hard to determine. They have been nothing but consistent so far in their evaluation of quarterback prospects, as they seem to have met with just about every highly-rated signal caller that will be selected in May. We’ll find out then whether Pauline is right about the team’s interest in Mettenberger.

Share your thoughts below Vikings fans! Do some of you still want to stay away from the LSU quarterback? Note: if/when discussing Mettenberger’s off-field incidents below, PLEASE be factually accurate. Do not call him a rapist, because that’s not what he is. He isn’t innocent either though, but just keep your concerns focused on the facts. And also, remember to think of the victim as well in these situations. Watching her attacker receive all this attention cannot be easy.

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  • David Mallow

    he touched a girls ass at a club and she didn’t like it.. that’s what all the hoopla is about… not a concern in many ways really…his arm talent and pocket presence are outstanding,and IMO is the most NFL ready QB in this draft because of the style Cameron had in place at LSU…

    • Anthony DuLac

      You might be missing the fact that he’s got a jacked up injury. I’m sorry but if I’m kicking the tires, I’ll take the new car over the broken down used one any day.

  • jojo2

    I’d take him. Trade back out of 8 if we can’t get Mack to hopefully gain an additional 2nd or 3rd and use one of those picks on him.

  • Kerry Elmberg jr

    If it is not manziel for mn then its another failure

    • DANIEL BAILEY

      Fool

    • David Mallow

      Manziel is overrated beyond belief… so much so that it makes it even more of a risk to take him…. PASS

  • Spencer Davis

    Big Ben has had some off-field issues. He also has two rings.

    • DANIEL BAILEY

      Genious

    • DANIEL BAILEY

      And big Ben would look great in purple& gold! I like Mettenberger over ME- ZEIL,BROKE-WATER OR BOTTLES.. OTHER THAN HISTORY OF HIS BRO- CARR LOOKS GOOD TOO.

  • Anthony DuLac

    Zero interest in this broken down, sub-par QB. He’d just represent another pathetic and inane attempt by our Vikings to get by with a 2nd-rate player. Think it was bad “reaching” for Ponder? Imagine missing out on one of the top 3 QBs in this draft only to grab this lame duck later on. Guarantee he’s a flop if we blow a pick on him. Guarantee it.

    • DANIEL BAILEY

      Idiot

      • Anthony DuLac

        Wow, you’ve won us all over with your unintelligent argument! Take a look in the mirror for the real idiot. LOL

    • David Mallow

      2nd rate? if not for his injury and Murray as well, this top 3 QB conversation would be completely different as both were projected 1st round picks before then.. He has all the toOLs and fits Turners offense to a T… THE top 3 QBs are overrated,Bortles is awful, had one good year.. Bridgewater is inaccurate as they come with mediocre pocket pesence,and Manziel is one goofball, running in a circle play from getting ripped in half… his career will not last..I GUARANTEE THAT

      • kyle

        Bridgewater actually has a pretty solid completion percentage (I think it’s around 64% or so). He’s just inconsistent. However, he is the most pro-ready quarterback in this draft and could come in and compete with Cassel right away. I do like Mettenberger in the 2nd round. He seems to be the prototypical Turner quarterback. Tall, huge arm, good pocket awareness. Plenty of upside with Mettenberger.

  • DANIEL BAILEY

    Forgive but never forget. “LETS PLAY SOME DAMN FOOTBALL! ” I AM LOVING THE WAY THIS STAFF AND TEAM IS GOING UP UP AND AWAY – CANT WAIT FOR GAMETIME.

  • Dave Hickey

    I agree with jojo2 trade back in late teens early 20s and get Metts