With the oft-injured Jake Locker and clipboard extraordinaire Charlie Whitehurst standing as the lone two quarterbacks on the roster, there was no question that the Tennessee Titans would take another gunslinger during their three days in New York.
Over the first two days of the draft, quarterback after quarterback went off the board with only a hint that the Titans had considered a quarterback. Then Day 3 came and Tennessee went defense with its first two fourth-round picks while Aaron Murray and A.J. McCarron each jumped off the board.
Finally, the Titans made the move for their guy, Zach Mettenberger. Much was made of his transition, from being kicked off of the University of Georgia’s team for a few charges thrown his way on a young, immature night in Athens, Ga to his transition to life at LSU.
Now, the former college standout is on his path to redemption and the Titans front office has been heralded for their selection at No. 178 overall.
As the week has slowly dragged on, my thoughts have changed about Mettenberger. He honestly seems like a changed kid, but time will show just how different he is.
Will he come into town in shape? Will he work the betterment of the team versus personal, selfish goals? How will he mesh with Locker and the rest of the locker room for that matter?
“…what matters to him is that, eventually, he found what he was looking for in Baton Rouge,” notes Breer. “And by looking at that broken road, Mettenberger hopes, some NFL club will find what it’s looking for, too.”
We’ll find out just how different Mettenberger is as the weeks, months and possibly even years.