Raiders to get closer look at Mettenberger

Raiders to get closer look at Mettenberger
April 7, 2014, 12:15 pm
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Zach Metterberger threw for 3,082 yards, 22 touchdowns and just eight interceptions during his senior season at LSU. (USATI)

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The Raiders are being extremely thorough when examining draft-eligible quarterbacks.

Head coach Dennis Allen and offensive coordinator Greg Olson have attended pro days for first-round passing talents. They brought Johnny Manziel to the team facility on Sunday night and Monday.

On Wednesday, they’ll get a first-hand look on Zach Mettenberger. The Louisiana State quarterback will perform every drill at his pro day despite tearing his ACL just over four months ago. According to NFL Network, the Raiders will meet privately with Mettenberger after the workout.

Mettenberger has been off the radar during the pre-draft process after injuring his knee on Nov. 29 in the regular-season finale against Arkansas.

He threw for 3,082 yards, 22 touchdowns and just eight interceptions during his senior season. Several draft analysts consider Mettenberger among the top passing talents, though the injury has complicated his draft stock.

A solid pro day could vault Mettenberger up team’s draft boards, though medical evaluations of his knee will be critically important when evaluating this prospect. Prior to his pro day, NFLdraftscout.com ranked him No. 6 among quarterbacks and No. 89 overall. The site expects him to be a third-round pick.

The Raiders have declared veteran Matt Schaub the 2014 starter, but said the action doesn’t deter them from selecting a quarterback in the upcoming draft. The Raiders options are open.

“I think the last thing any of us really wanted was to go into this draft and say, ‘Golly, we have to have a quarterback, we have to have a quarterback,’” Allen said. “And so does that preclude us from taking a quarterback? Absolutely not. Does it give us more flexibility in the things we think we can do in the draft? We think definitely it does.”

The Raiders have attended pro days for Manziel, Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater, Central Florida’s Blake Bortles and Fresno State’s Derek Carr.

Allen said last week that the Raiders will take the best player available when selecting No. 5 overall.

The Raiders also own the No. 36 (second round), No. 67 (third round), No. 107 (fourth round) and No. 219 and No. 235 (seventh round) selections in the NFL draft.