Positives are mainly that I see improvement week to week. (Against FLA this weekend he got out of the pocket and threw the ball away when his receivers weren't open instead of forcing something like in previous weeks) His placement on balls (some of the time)is far superior to what LSU has had for some time now. Some of his passes are put into that perfect window where only the receiver has a shot at the catch... The ball placement I have seen glimpses of is truly in the upper echelon of college QBs. AGAIN i said glimpses... not 100% consistent.
bad/inconsistent footwork causing him to miss
This I agree with, and is a cause for his inconsistent accuracy. Putting the ball on the receivers back shoulder with the DB covering him inside against Auburn (to wright or boone, don't recall off the top of my head) is something I have not seen a QB do for LSU in years.
move within the pocket or otherwise salvage a play
I have seen him step up in the pocket to deliver strikes several times. Is he a burner? NO
This also kind of goes back to your point on footwork. If he has footwork problems (mainly getting a good base before throwing) I don't want him rolling out, because then his lack of footwork is highlighted more when he tries to throw off of a back foot or something while rolling out and being run down by faster DEs.
Trying to salvage plays and doing more on his own is not what we need him to be doing. I was an Offensive tackle in college, nothing is more frustrating than a QB with happy feet when you are trying to form a nice pocket for him to be able to step up in to (if need be) and deliver a strike. If the O-line could be more consistent in pass protection and not need 7-man protections for the entire game then his lack of mobility is irrelevant.
locks on to guys/locks on to first read
Goes back to being in 7-man protections for an entire game. When you only have 1 or two receivers running routes, locking onto them really isn't a big deal. You aren't disguising your target by not looking at him... the DBs can see the one or two people you have out in routes. Not locking onto a receiver only helps because you keep the coverage guessing where its going, that doesn't really work too well with only two options, and one of them just ran a 5 yrd curl route on 3rd and 10.
and he has missed some guys in progressions
Sure has, but on most of the plays I saw this happen the play was called for a specific player.
Example, a RB pass to flats is used to try and keep a blitzing D honest. Usually when one of those types of players are called, there are no reads. It is simply pass it to this person.
Also there are occasions I have seen people here on the rant say so-and-so was open, could have been a touchdown. But when you watch the play, you can see that receiver was covered until the ball was in the air to another receiver and the DB broke off coverage.
Also, you can watch any NFL QB. Missing some open guys happens at all levels of football. And I do not think Mett does this very often. From what I have seen our WRs have a very hard time getting open to begin with.