The Raiders met with Zach Mettenberger before his pro day on Tuesday night according to NFL Network's Albert Breer,
Afterwards, Raiders' offensive coordinator Greg Olson and quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo stuck around to watch Mettenberger's pro day. The highly anticipated event was the first opportunity for the public to watch Mettenberger throw since he tore his ACL and MCL on November 29th.
According to LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, Mettenberger has healed quickly. "I'm not saying he's Adrian Peterson, but he's going to be close," Cameron said. "With technology today and you add his work ethic, he may be one of those guys who's better off and has more knee stability now."
Because of his "miraculous" recovery, Mettenberger was expected to perform well Wednesday. USA Today's Jim Corbett was confident that Mettenberger would impress: "There are going to be a lot of jaws that drop with what he puts up there on the field."
But despite high expectations, Mettenberger did not amaze. In fact, he was mad at his performance.
Mettenberger clearly down in the dumps. Head down, while chatting with Cameron. #LSU— Ross Dellenger (@DellengerAdv) April 9, 2014
Mettenberger is known for his rocket arm. But on Wednesday, it was his arm, not his knee that failed him.
Mettenberger looks gassed. Started on fire, lost some zip towards the back end. Scout: "it's not his knee I'm worried about, it's his arm."— Matt Boudreaux (@MattBoudreaux) April 9, 2014
In my scouting report on Zach Mettenberger, the two biggest concerns I found were his poor accuracy and pocket presence. But even without a pass rush, Mettenberger struggled to hit his targets throwing an unofficial 15 incompletions.
Told Zach Mettenberger/QB very average passing workout at pro-day. Lacked polish & accuracy off- understandable as 3+ months off surgery— Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline) April 9, 2014
LSU's pro day was Mettenberger's first and final chance to impress teams after he tore his ACL and MCL in November. While he was expected to perform well, he failed to impress and was very inaccurate. If Mettenberger cannot consistently hit wide receivers without a pass rush, how is he going to throw accurately in a game? That's the question NFL teams are asking themselves.