LSU draft prospect Zach Mettenberger already has an indirect connection to the Ravens. His offensive coordinator at LSU was Cam Cameron, the Ravens’ former offensive coordinator.
Scheduled to throw at LSU’s pro day Wednesday, Mettenberger said working with Cameron gave him a jump on some other quarterbacks in the draft.
“He taught me how to approach the game like an NFL veteran when I was a senior in college, Mettenberger said during his combine press conference. “I was up at the facility at eight o’clock every morning studying film. I really kind of had almost a year head start on some of these guys.”
The Ravens are in the market for a backup quarterback, so Mettenberger is on their radar. However, the Ravens are not expected to draft a quarterback until Day 3 of the draft, and Mettenberger could be gone by then. Some scouts think Mettenberger could be a second-round pick, while others are not as sold. Mettenberger is coming off ACL surgery after a season-ending knee injury Nov. 29 against Arkansas, and his pro day Wednesday will be an important audition.
“Without the injury, I still don’t think he’s going to be a first or second round pick,” said NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock during a conference call before the combine. “I think he stares down some of his intended receivers. I think the ball comes out late sometimes. He’s not a guy I think can start day one in the NFL.”
At 6-foot-5, 224 pounds, Mettenberger is closer to the Joe Flacco mold than Tyrod Taylor, the Ravens’ current No. 2 quarterback. Flacco has never missed a start in six seasons with the Ravens, so Taylor has rarely gotten meaningful playing time. However, coach John Harbaugh said recently that Taylor should expect competition during training camp. Taylor will be entering the final year of his contract, so 2014 could be his last season in Baltimore.
David Fales of San Jose St. and Aaron Murray of Georgia are other pocket quarterbacks who are possible Ravens’ draft targets. But Mettenberger’s style is most similar to Flacco’s. After working with one of Flacco’s former coordinators, it would be interesting if Mettenberger ended up working with Flacco.