LSU OC: Patriots’ seventh-round pick Etling a ‘self-made QB’ adept at making most of his chances

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If life is all about taking advantage of your opportunities, Danny Etling has done pretty well for himself to this point.

LSU offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger says that Etling took advantage of the chance to move from Purdue to LSU after his sophomore year, and eventually became the starter in Baton Rouge. He was the only quarterback throwing at LSU’s Pro Day this past spring, and managed to surprise scouts and get on the NFL’s radar screen, parlaying that into a seventh-round selection in last month’s draft.

And now, it would appear he has another chance this spring. With Tom Brady missing at OTAs, Etling is getting more reps than most seventh-round rookies in Foxborough. Based on his experience with Etling, Ensminger says that bodes well for the former LSU quarterback.

“He’s a great young man,” Ensminger said of the 6-foot-3, 222-pound Etling. “I’m confident he’ll show up trying to outwork everyone in the building.”

Ensminger, who has coached quarterbacks and served as LSU’s offensive coordinator the last few seasons, is aware of the reality of the situation. There are no guarantees when it comes to seventh-round draft picks, especially when it comes to quarterbacks who had a 58 percent completion rate in college. But Etling’s knack for being in the right place at the right time, combined with his impressive work ethic, could be enough to make him – at the very least – a long-term project with the Patriots.