LSU Football: How Cam Cameron Will Make Zach Mettenberger a 1st-Round Draft Pick

Sean MerrimanCorrespondent IMarch 20, 2013

COLLEGE STATION, TX - OCTOBER 20:  Zach Mettenberger #8 of the LSU Tigers throws against the Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field on October 20, 2012 in College Station, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Gus Frerotte, Trent Green, Drew Brees, and Philip Rivers.

What do all four of these former or current NFL quarterbacks have in common?

Yes, they have all been selected to a Pro Bowl in their NFL careers, but that isn't what I was going for with this one.

How about that all four of these quarterbacks have been coached and tutored by offensive genius Cam Cameron?

After spending the past five years as the Baltimore Ravens' offensive coordinator, it was time for Cameron to move on, and that's what landed him in Baton Rouge, reuniting with his good friend and former coaching mate, Les Miles.

Now it is time to think about adding LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger to that list of great quarterbacks.

Mettenberger had an up-and-down junior season, passing for 2,609 yards with 12 touchdowns and seven interceptions. In order for him to take that next step, Mettenberger is going to have to improve on his 58.8 completion percentage as well as cut down on the turnovers.

Cam Cameron is just the man to make that happen.

When Cameron was in San Diego, no one believed that Philip Rivers was going to be a future Pro Bowl quarterback. But Cameron worked with him and helped develop his skills, and now Rivers is one of the top quarterbacks in the game today.

In Baltimore, the same can be said for Joe Flacco. The Ravens' signal-caller wasn't a highly touted player coming out of high school, and he ended up at Delaware, a 1AA school. The Ravens took a chance on him because they saw potential. Once Cameron arrived in Baltimore back in 2008, you began to see Flacco develop into an elite quarterback. Now, like Rivers, he has developed into one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.

Cameron will only have one year to work with Mettenberger, so this will have to be a somewhat accelerated process. But like they say about award-winning movie directors, this is a guy who can turn anything he gets his hands on into pure gold.

Cameron will work with Mettenberger to make sure he is making better decisions on the field. Too many times last season, Mettenberger would fold under pressure and either make an errant pass or attempt to scramble and cough up the football in the process.

That simply won't happen on Cam Cameron's watch. Take a look at Rivers and Flacco and how much better they got in the pocket once they got some teaching from Cam Cameron.

Let's also not forget who Cameron's quarterback was during his college head coaching days at Indiana. Yes, arguably the most elusive college quarterback to ever play the game, Antwaan Randle El.

With the ability to move around in the pocket, make smarter decisions with the football and air it out more in what should be an explosive offense, Mettenberger could move his name right in the mix of college football's top quarterbacks.

LSU fans can see just by watching Mettenberger this past season that the talent is certainly there. If this kid can get some good coaching and improve on his decision making, then he has everything needed to be an elite college quarterback and a future NFL first-round draft pick.

Only time will tell if this comes true, but with Cam Cameron at his side, you certainly have to like his chances.