- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- In a conference call just after he was drafted in the sixth round Saturday by the Tennessee Titans, quarterback Zach Mettenberger said if rookie camp started in 20 minutes he'd be ready.
While he fared well in pre-draft workouts, he's still just over four months removed from ACL reconstruction surgery.
He's feeling good and is confident he can get into the mix immediately. Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Mettenberger looks close but will need to be assessed by the Titans' medical staff when he arrives Monday in Nashville.
ESPN.com's resident physical therapist Stephania Bell said the player could well be advised by the team to slow things down.
"Given that surgery was in January, Mettenberger's knee is still healing," she said. "While he certainly performed well at pro day and may feel like he's 100 percent, it's important to remember there is still biological healing of that new ligament taking place inside the knee. For the long-term health of his knee, it's in his best interest to follow the rehab progression the Titans set forth from here."
The Titans have rookie minicamp Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
If Mettenberger passes a physical after he gets here, there won't be a chance to put him on the physically unable to perform list if he's not ready for the more rigorous training camp that starts in late July.