If there was any questions about the toughness of LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger, he answered them at Wednesday’s LSU Pro Day.
Before dozens of NFL scouts, general managers, and coaches, Mettenberger threw an array of passes.
And, he did it 13 weeks after major knee surgery.
Mettenberger suffered a torn ACL in the Tigers’ final home game in late November against Arkansas.
Saints head coach Sean Payton was impressed.
“It says a lot about him and his doctor. Pretty impressive,” said Payton. “ Ten years ago you couldn’t do that. I didn’t realize when the surgery was and he did a good job.”
Mettenberger, clad in full pads, and a brace on his left knee wasn’t accurate on every throw. But he showed the arm strength and ability to complete passes outside the hash marks that NFL coaches crave.
Mettenberger threw passes to several Tiger receivers, including Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, and Kadron Boone.
“I think I showed that I am going to start the season on a pup list. I think I showed that I am healthy enough to go thru practice, and compete for a job,” said Mettenberger. “And, by the time the season rolls around in September, I should be fully healed no question.”
Landry improved his 40 time appreciably. His ran a 4.77 at the NFL combine in Indianapolis.
Landry ran the 40 twice, in times of 4.58 and 4.51 seconds
Here is Payton and Mettenberger talking to WGNO TV after the workout: