The Memphis Express has some of the most talented quarterbacks in the league. They have guys with a lot of NFL experience under their belt and some former college studs.
First up, Zach Mettenberger, this guy is just built like a standard NFL QB 6″ 5 and 236 lb. He was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the sixth round of the NFL draft in 2014, then went to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Mettenberger is a very talented quarterback, and he can sling the ball!
Mettenberger has a cannon and an uncanny ability to find guys in coverage; he makes it look easy to hit a receiver in coverage. One thing that hurts him, he has an odd delivery throwing the ball, but he makes it work. Mettenberger can sometimes get a bad rap because of his off the field issues in 2010, but he has developed as a person since then and has openly said that.
Next up, Brandon Silvers, this is a guy I liked a lot in his college days at Troy. Silvers was on the New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles early in the preseason. Silvers has a laser arm and makes slinging a ball seem easy, much like teammate Zach Mettenberger. Even with not having the quickest 40 yard dash time with a 4.91, he can make some great runs too. I have Silver at number two because he isn’t developed fully yet, but could easily win over the starting role before seasons end!
Troy Cook is third on my board. I like this guy a lot, another small schooler coming out of UT-Martin. He has a huge arm, quite possibly the biggest of the four quarterbacks, but his accuracy on the deep ball is what waivers for him. Cook has tremendous upside to him with also being a mobile quarterback who ran a 4.66 40 yard dash. Watch out for Troy Cook; he could blossom into a fantastic pro quarterback.
In the number four slot, I have Christian Hackenberg. Hackenberg is a bit of a journeyman in his NFL tenure, being drafted by the New York Jets, then traded to the Oakland Raiders for a sixth-round pick, then cut by Oakland and going to the Philadelphia Eagles just to be cut again. Luckily, he joins the Memphis Express quarterbacks room and has time to develop. What hurts Hackenberg is his accuracy. He has a solid arm but tends to overshoot his receivers and only having a 56.1% completion rate in his senior year at Penn State hasn’t helped.
What do you think of the Memphis Express quarterbacks situation? Who do YOU think will be the starter?