INDIANAPOLIS — Several weeks out of surgery to repair an anterior cruciate ligament he tore in late November, senior LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger said he’s been throwing the ball and practicing drop backs.
However, he’s been limited in his reps; and though he’d “love” to throw the ball in front of scouts at the NFL Combine on Sunday, his agent and medical trainers wouldn’t allow it, he said. He’ll gear up to throw at LSU’s Pro Day on April 9, Mettenberger said Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium, site of the NFL Scouting Combine.
Mettenberger also told reporters that he’s met with several NFL teams, all of whom have asked him about his pleading guilty in 2010 to two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery in Georgia after he groped a woman at a bar. As all draft prospects are advised to, he said he openly explained how and why the incident happened.
Mettenberger tore the ACL in his left knee during LSU’s win over Arkansas. After completing 64.9 percent of his throws for 3,082 yards and 22 touchdowns while tossing eight interceptions, Mettenberger is projected to be taken in the third or fourth round, according to the website NFL Draft Scout.
Meanwhile, in his meeting with the media covering the combine on Saturday, LSU junior wide receiver Jarvis Landry impressed reporters by repeatedly insisting that he’ll do whatever “dirty work” is necessary to help NFL teams win.
He said he’ll continue to block linebackers, tackle on special teams or run intermediate passing routes that take him across the middle. He’ll line up in the slot or outside receiver positions, and he’ll even play corner if he needs to, he said, prompting laughter from his listeners.
Landry also spoke about his close relationship with teammate and fellow receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Beckham on Friday called Landry “family.”
After hauling in 76 passes for 1,193 yards and 10 TDs for LSU in 2013, Landry is projected to be picked in the second round, NFL Draft Scout said.