Do The Steelers Really Have Eyes For LSU QB Zach Mettenberger? One Beat Writer Thinks They Do

Would the Pittsburgh Steelers really consider drafting another quarterback just one year after drafting Landry Jones in the fourth-round of the 2013 NFL Draft? According to Chris Bradford of the Beaver County Times, not only is it a possibility, the Steelers also reportedly have one specific quarterback in mind.

Per Bradford’s report, one source has informed his paper that the Steelers have eyes for LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger, who tore his ACL last December. Mettenberger has apparently made good progress with his rehab and is expected to throw at his April 9 Pro Day at which the Steelers are expected to have people in attendance watching.

Many believe that Mettenberger would be a first or second round prospect had he not suffered the knee injury in addition to having maturity issues. He does have a big arm and threw for 3,082 yards with 22 touchdowns last season before getting injured. Much like Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, he’s a big boy, as he measured in at 6-foot-5, 224 pounds at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine several weeks ago.

CBS Sports currently has Mettenberger as their seventh overall quarterback in this year’s draft class and they project him as a third or fourth-round draft pick.

I really don’t know how much of Bradford’s report is true, but should the Steelers somehow ultimately wind up drafting Mettenberger in the third or fourth round in May, that will mean they wasted last year’s fourth-round pick on Landry. Not that most of us don’t already think that.

It will really be hard to read too much into the Steelers being in attendance at the LSU Pro Day next month, because they likely will be there watching wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry.

I’m pretty sure that once Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk gets wind of this story that he will twist it into the Steelers not being happy with Roethlisberger or that they’re trying to use the draft as leverage against him in contract negotiations. You watch.

  • Superdriller316

    I’d rather have Logan Thomas. During the College ALL-STAR event on ESPN, Thomas flat foot arm throw 57 yards. He doesn’t need to start right away and is huge and some what mobile. With a year or two of coaching, he can be Ben 2.0

  • MC

    They’ll be nuts to draft another Qb with how many holes they have elsewhere. I might check out this Logan Thomas you speak of though. Diggin the display pic by the way..

  • dgh57

    Next thing we’ll hear is we’re drafting a punter in the 1st round!

  • shawn

    No Chance they draft Mettenberger in the 3rd or 4th round … absolutely Zilch !

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  • Superdriller316

    Thanks. Thomas had some good tape two years ago and bad tape this year. He’s 6’6″ 250 pounds. Mayock thought he would be a top ten pick two years ago. Now he’s a 3-6 just on his physical abilities.

  • shawn

    to draft another QB in the top 4 rounds in the next couple years would be beyond idiotic with all our needs

  • Mark

    They’re probably just interested in him to get his opinion on the two WR’s. Few would know them better than their QB and it doesn’t tip their hand who their real target is. Landry in round 2 would make sense.

  • shawn

    I hope we dont touch either of those guys … Matthews is a Stud that would be awesome in the 2nd round

  • Dwayne Ferguson

    I hope this is just crazy talk…

  • cp72

    So could JaMarcus Russell.

  • cp72

    They will also have people in the stands watching Beckham Landry Fegurson Johnson Loston. LSU is loaded we will have a large contingent there.

  • Nolrog

    Given the fact that we already have a franchise QB, and we wasted a 4th round pick last year on another QB, I don’t see them going after yet another, especially with all the needs we have on defense.
    Well Mr. Colbert, you don’t have a Defensive End, Nose Tackle, MiLB, little depth defensively anywhere and your premier corner is old and will be out of the league in a year or two. So let’s talk about drafting a QB.

  • Nolrog

    Maybe we could trade this year’s first and next year’s first and move up to the top 10 and then select a punter.

  • 20Stoney

    I don’t think Florio believes anything he writes (except for maybe Bradshaw’s death). He’s a rabble rouser. He likes to get people arguing in his comments section, and he knows how to push people’s buttons.

  • Paddy

    What if it’s true? Let him sit for 2 years, trade Ben’s rights and get out of cap hell

  • James Kling

    I’d take Logan, late, as a WR/TE. He could always be tapped to throw on trick plays. Not as a QB, though.

  • James Kling

    Big arm, but a statue. Had some nice WR weapons, not sure how well he goes through progressions. Games I watched, can’t remember which now, I just came away thinking he was meh. Hey, no worries, we have Landry effin JONES!

  • Steelers12328882

    LOL I get it. Mettenberger… Roethlisberger. Funny!

  • cp72

    There’s a solid plan. Trade our two time Super Bowl winning QB so we can we can over pay guys in free agency.

  • Superdriller316

    But Russell was ruined by going to the Raiders.

  • Tom

    Agreed…..he was considered to be a huge disappointment prior to his senior season. His finally put up some “stats” in his senior year, most of those numbers against inferior competition. His big game was against a horrible UGA defense.

  • ScottB

    I would support this wholeheartedly. This kid looks to have all the tools and the injury makes him great value in later rounds. And to address the question of whether they wasted the Landry pick, of course they did. It was dumb to draft Jones (so many questions, not a lot to build upon) and even dumber to move up to get him. Get your heir apparent now instead of waiting until it’s too late.

  • ScottB

    Logan is too inaccurate to make it in the NFL

  • Superdriller316

    So your saying you have no faith in the QB coach? This guy wouldn’t come in and start day one, but sitting, learning, and being coached, you will become accurate.

  • Nolrog

    If it’s true then Colbert should be fired immediately.

  • steeltown

    Not happening,.. after drafting Landry there is no way we’re going to spend another mid-Rd pick on a rehabbing QB

  • Derrick Krout

    If they do I see it as a bigger sign Roethlisberger is not in their plans in two years.

  • John C

    Lets do it for the sandwich makers in town!!

  • Kyle Owens

    The 2014 Tyler Bray. It’s not going to happen.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I trust in the FO and maybe the Steelers are looking at Mettenberg and if he drops ala Landry Jones they may take him in the late rounds but I just do not see it happening. We need to remember it BPA and if Mettenberg is that guy that is who they pick.

  • bonairsfavoriteson

    Logan Thomas may be one of the most ineffective, over rated college QB,s ever.


    I agree in theory, but I wouldn’t be so sure about that Steeltown…Mettenberger is a much better prospect than Jones…they could very well be there to watch the WRs as the article suggests, but whether it’s 2 yrs or 4yrs…Ben is not going to be here forever.

  • steeltown

    Due diligence of course, but we have some holes to fill and QB isn’t one of them. Ben if healthy can easily play for 4-5 more yrs


    Operative words…”if healthy”.

    Again, I agree with you, QB is not a short term need. If this guy is on the board in the 3rd rd and you’re looking a CB, or Mett…I’m taking the CB 10 out of 10 times…but, say 4th or 5th round and the same situation, I would consider the QB…mainly b/c I think he’ll be better than Landry down the road.

    He shouldn’t be on the board in the 4th or 5th, so this hypothetical is not likely to happen.

  • Michael Pearce

    Dont make any sense unless the Rooneys are really looking for Ben’s replacement instead of giving him a new contract in two years.

  • Jason Vancil

    After dealing with Bens shenanigans in bars in Georgia, does this writer really think the Steelers would draft a guy who pled guilty to sexual battery?

  • Crazy Bone

    The Landry pick was a mistake regardless of whether they draft Mettenberger or not. Mettenberger is a better prospect than Lancry but unfortunately the team has a lot of needs and can’t afford to waste the pick. This is all just more proof of the personnel mistakes that are haunting this organization.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    If we were staring Ben’s twilight years in the face right now…honestly wondering how much longer he could get it done, that would be one thing. Because I’m all about having your heir apparent learn and study under the vet first. But we’re still in what should be among Ben’s best years.

    So here’s the question: What’s the magic number of years the Steelers want to extend Ben, and is that the same number HE has in mind? And what will it cost them? Nobody wants a Favre situation down the road (old guy grinding out a few less-than-great seasons), but it seems a little early to worry too much about that now.

  • John

    Another wasted pick. He is coming off an injury and underperformed before this year. Does he have a little talent? Sure. Do you want to spend more than a sixth round pick? No and maybe not even that.

  • CreatingAReputation

    After all that has happened with Ben, do the Steelers really want to draft a guy who has plead guilty to sexual battery?

  • shawn

    I’ll tell ya what … I’ve always been a proponent of making the 3rd String QB a slash/player at a different position, Say WR or whatever with a QB background like Hines and Randle el … and saving a position on the roster … makes a lot of sense to me … especially if you already have a QB on the Practise Squad

  • Jeff

    Please…. just please…. no……

  • dgh57

    I’m convinced we could possibly hear just about anything now!

  • Siggy

    Where there’s smoke there usually is fire. Colbert comes out 5 days ago and says he doesn’t know if Ben has five years left, and now this. I wonder if Ben did some house hunting while in Arizona last week?

  • PA2AK

    I agree…but thought the same exact thing last year!

  • Andrew Shue

    I watched a lot of Logan Thomas and from what I’ve seen I wouldn’t go anywhere near him in the draft, and most certainly do not project him as any sort of NFL starter on a decent team. His decision making is just horrible, and it actually got worse each season at Virginia Tech.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    They said they want ben/troy/miller to retire as steelers if they looking for bens replacement it will be 15-17 draft i think they know we have alot of holes to fill and this is to get info about other players possibly wr/rb/te or maybe even ol and throw up a smokescreen why pick this guy now when they can get someone better in the next couple of yrs that has no injuries

  • gene mann

    If they draft another Qb someone should be fired for wasting the pick last year.

  • bonairsfavoriteson

    Russel was ruined because he couldn’t play. and Logan Thomas is as bad or worse.

  • bonairsfavoriteson

    Thoma has had a qb coach for all his time at, how did that work out.

  • bonairsfavoriteson

    Paddy, you must really hate the Steelers.

  • Will Hammer

    More BS just to stir some talk. We have 2 months of this horse shitew .I;m sure The NFL loves it …