The Vikings’ personnel has their eyes on a new QB target, Zach Mettenberger from LSU, whose stock is rising greatly due to an outstanding pro day.
Mettenberger may have been a first-round pick, but had previously torn his ACL, leaving scouts to be concerned. It is believed that he’ll be drafted sometime on the second day of the draft, possibly as early as round two. His nice recovery from his injury has put him atop the Vikings’ QB wish list as a possible steal in the NFL draft.
Should Minnesota take another gamble on a guy like Mettenberg?
Personally, I’m for drafting the guy if Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel, or Teddy Bridgewater are selected before the Vikings pick at number 8. The Vikings have a chance to bolster their defensive line or secondary in the first-round if those three QB’s are selected beforehand. Khalil Mack, C.J Mosley, Darqueze Dennard or Justin Gilbert will likely be available for the Vikings with the 8th pick, and each of these guys could make a huge impact in the future for the team.
Snagging Mettenberger on Day two of the draft could be quite the steal because he is said to fit Norv Turner’s gunning style of offense. Plus, Turner is a great QB developer, and with guys like Cordarrelle Patterson, Greg Jennings, Kyle Rudolph and Adrian Peterson on offense, Mettenberger could have a hay day with his big arm.
I’m still all for Bortles, Bridgewater or Manziel, but Mettenberger is a good option with size, a big arm, and a winning record in college on the big stage in SEC play under his belt.
The only thing that scares me is remembering Tarvaris Jackson and Christian Ponder, who both looked good on pro day but failed in the NFL. This is the biggest reason why Rick Spielman needs to carefully weigh his options when selecting a quarterback in this year’s draft.
The last thing Minnesota needs is to draft another bust at quarterback.