Johnny Manziel not even SEC's best QB
In fact, according to Erik Galko of Optimum Scouting, Johnny Football isn’t even the top guy in his division, falling short to a signal caller that threw just 12 touchdown passes in 2012.
“Murray, Mettenberger has more upside,” Galko told me in response to who the SEC’s top quarterback prospect is.
Zach Mettenberger, an upcoming senior for LSU, hasn’t quite lived up to what was once a lot of hype as the “next great quarterback” in Death Valley. At 6-foot-5, 230 pounds and with a cannon for an arm, he was expected to thrive under center for the Tigers and make an immediate impact on the offense.
With some work and more patience in the pocket—and training with new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron—Mettenberger can be the most dangerous deep ball passer in the NCAA.
There’s no one in SEC nation that can match his throwing ability, but it’s just a matter of working out the kinks and finding his stride. There’s no doubt that Mettenberger has all the intangibles to be a first-round pick in next year’s draft.
Aaron Murray is entering his fourth year as the starter for Georgia, having won 28 games already in one of the toughest divisions in the country as a member of the SEC East.
Since his freshman campaign, Murray has significantly improved his game each and every year. He’s become a much better decision maker and has enhanced his performance when under pressure.
Unlike Mettenberger, Murray lacks downfield throwing ability and tends to shorthand receivers on fade routes. An excellent short- to- mid-range passer, he is considered more of a field general than anything.
Either way, both are better NFL prospects than Johnny Manziel at this point—with A.J. McCarron breathing down his back while flashing three rings.
But while Mettenberger, Murray and McCarron only have one final season to show scouts what they’re all about, Manziel has the opportunity to play another three years and potentially develop himself into one of the most highly-touted prospects in the game.
And he'll need those three years to do so.
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