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Posted: Wednesday, 04 December 2013 3:19PM

Detillier: Even with injury, Mettenberger has pro future

LSU today confirmed the knee injury that quarterback Zach Mettenberger suffered in the season finale against Arkansas will keep the senior out of LSU' bowl game, effectively ending his playing days with the Fighting Tigers.  One NFL draft expert says with surgery and rehab, Mettenberger could go on to play Sundays.

Mettenberger is only the third LSU quarterback to throw for at least three thousand yards in a season. WWL NFL draft analyst Mike Detillier says there's room for Mettenberger in the pros, maybe even going in the first or second round.

"I think he's still a top 40 pick in the 2014 draft," Detillier said.

Detillier says even if he's re-habbing when other college athletes are showing off at NFL scouting events... there's an economy that applies to NFL quarterbacks.

"It's all about supply and demand," he said, "and in the NFL there's always about ten to thirteen teams looking to upgrade the quarterback position."

Detillier says Mettenberger was playing hurt almost all season for LSU, and scouts notice that kind of toughness.

(Photo by Kyle Zedaker - LSU Athletics)

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