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Sean Mannion | Quarterback

Team: Oregon State Beavers
Age / DOB:  (22) / 4/25/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 218

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Oregon State redshirt senior QB Sean Mannion completed 26-of-37 attempts for 300 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in a 38-30 win in Hawaii over the weekend.
Mannion looks the part at 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, but we've never been big fans. We're concerned with his propensity to panic when pressure comes up the middle, an especially crippling weakness for a quarterback who isn't mobile. ESPN's Todd McShay graded Mannion ahead of Baylor's Bryce Petty over the summer, so obviously not everybody agrees with us. The Oregon State prospect threw for 4,662 yards and 37 touchdowns last season, and almost bolted to the NFL, but decided to exhaust his collegiate eligibility. Sep 8 - 1:05 AM

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Oregon State redshirt senior QB Sean Mannion completed 26 of 45 attempts for 328 yards and a touchdown in the school's 29-14 win over Portland State.

Mannion added a rushing touchdown to his box score. Many evaluators bring up Mannion's name among the top prospects at the position, and his production with receivers like Brandin Cooks and Markus Wheaton is often cited, but we don't view him that highly. Mannion's biggest issue his how he deals with interior pressure, a common theme with college quarterbacks.
Aug 31 - 3:35 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay grades Oregon State redshirt senior QB Sean Mannion ahead of Baylor's Bryce Petty.

Most see Petty as the No. 4 QB behind Marcus Mariota, Jameis Winston and Brett Hundley. "Mannion has the arm strength to stretch the field vertically and flashes natural accuracy, although he has some work to do with his mechanics, particularly in his lower body," McShay wrote. "His decision-making is inconsistent, as he takes too many risks throwing into traffic, but he does show a very good grasp of the Beavers' offense. He lacks ideal mobility but does a good job of feeling pressure and keeping his eyes downfield. Two things to watch from a measurables standpoint: While he has ideal height and long arms, he has a lean frame and extremely small hands (8 7/8 inches) for a QB prospect." The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Mannion was given a draft grade of 71, while Petty checks in at 68.
Aug 21 - 8:16 PM

NFL Media Analyst Charles Davis writes that scouts will be watching if Oregon State redshirt senior QB Sean Mannion has the "ability to succeed without a clear go-to guy."

"The other thing scouts will be watching is Mannion's ability to succeed without a clear go-to guy. Former Beavers wide receivers Markus Wheaton (a third-round pick in '13) and Brandin Cooks (a first-round pick in '14) were great security blankets," Davis wrote. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound QB "will be tested to show his maturity and ability to make the players around him better," according to Davis. The Oregon State prospect threw for 4,662 yards and 37 touchdowns last season, and almost headed to the NFL, but decided to exhaust his collegiate eligibility.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 7 - 6:22 PM

Oregon State redshirt senior QB Sean Mannion "lacks that wow factor," according to TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline.

The 6-foot-5, 220-pounder threw for 4,662 yards and 37 touchdowns last season. He almost opted to enter the draft, but decided to exhaust his collegiate eligibility. "I like the arm and moxy of Sean Mannion but he lacks that wow factor," Pauline wrote. Mannion received a third-round grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Board over the winter, but Pauline only graded him as a preseason Round 5 prospect.
Jul 27 - 8:38 PM

Oregon State redshirt senior QB Sean Mannion won the Elite 11 Counselors' Challenge.

"I'm just trying to keep refining as a quarterback, keep working on footwork, working on being accurate and quickening my release," Mannion said after the event. "Really it's everything you can do to improve. Quarterback is a very multifaceted position and there's room for me to improve in all areas." The 6-foot-5, 220-pounder threw for 4,662 yards and 37 touchdowns last season. He almost opted to enter the draft, but decided to exhaust his collegiate eligibility. "I got the evaluation from the advisory board and it said a third-round grade," Mannion said. "There are not a lot of specific critiques, so I spoke with my coaches and they told me the things I could work on. For me, I feel like I can grow in all areas so I try to be the best player I can be. I really want to help our team have a great season this year." Mannion said he needs to improve his accuracy.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 13 - 7:02 PM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks believes Oregon State senior QB Sean Mannion might be the most pro-ready senior signal-caller.

The 6-foot-5, 220-pounder reportedly received a third-round grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Board, but TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline gave him just a Round 5 grade recently. It sounds like Brooks is more optimistic than both. "He might be the most pro-ready of the senior quarterbacks. Part of it is just the fact that he is playing in a pro-style system," Brooks said. "His arm, he can make all the throws. He really understands how to get through his progressions from his primary, to his secondary, to his third read. Because he's played under (Oregon State head coach) Mike Riley, at the next level, the verbage and all the things that come that give some quarterbacks problems, he should be able to understand that." Mannion nearly declared for the NFL Draft over the winter after tossing for a Pac-12 record 4,662 yards and a school record 37 touchdowns last season.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 13 - 6:06 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline graded Oregon State senior QB Sean Mannion as a preseason Round 5 prospect.

Mannion nearly declared for the NFL Draft after tossing for a Pac-12 record 4,662 yards and a school record 37 touchdowns last season. The 6-foot-5, 220-pounder reportedly received a third-round grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Board, but decided to exhaust his eligibility with the Beavers. Mannion is clearly gambling that a huge season will allow him to transcend the board's prediction. Pauline is telling him the board was being generous.
Jul 8 - 9:28 PM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks "came away impressed" with Oregon State senior QB Sean Mannion's "prototypical size, A+ arm talent & great feet," at the Nike Elite 11 quarterback competition event.

"Came away impressed with Oregon State Beavers QB Sean Mannion. Prototypical size, A+ arm talent & great feet," Brooks tweeted. It's positive news for The 6-foot-5, 220 pound Mannion, who reportedly received a third-round grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Board during the winter. The Oregon State prospect has the arm and size that evaluators fall in love with, and any opportunity to showcase his talent is great for his draft stock. Mannion was invited to be a part of the prestigious Elite 11 quarterback competition at Nike's World Headquarters and won the Elite 11 Counselors' Challenge.
Jul 7 - 12:28 PM

CBS Sports compares Oregon State senior QB Sean Mannion to former Mike Riley pupils Derek Anderson and Sean Canfield.

"He sports an NFL-caliber frame, has the arm to make every throw and is a classic drop-back passer with limited mobility," wrote Rang. "When he feels secure in the pocket and has the time to step into his throws correctly, Mannion's touch on intermediate and vertical passes is as impressive as any quarterback in the country. He lofts the ball with perfect trajectory over the shoulder of his receivers and allows them to go get it, demonstrating pinpoint accuracy to lead his target away from defenders." Mannion threw for a Pac-12 record 4,662 passing yards and a school record 37 touchdowns last season. This will be his fourth season as starter. "Where Mannion can improve is poise under pressure," Rang wrote. "Mannion is intelligent and typically is able to read defenses prior to the snap. When he's fooled and his primary read is taken away, he has a tendency to drop back further into the pocket, rather than stepping up."
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 21 - 3:54 PM

Oregon State senior QB Sean Mannion is "an evaluator's dream," writes NFL.com's Bucky Brooks.

Evaluators appreciate experienced QBs with prototypical size playing in an NFL offense, so they couldn't ask for much more than Mannion's situation with the Beavers. The 6-foot-5, 220-pounder went 400-of-603 in passing attempts (66.3 percent) and threw for a Pac-12 record 4,662 yards and 37 TDs in 2013. Mannion has the "arm talent to make all of the throws required in a pro offense," wrote Brooks. "Mannion must reduce his turnovers and questionable throws into tight coverage, but he exhibits all of the traits to be a standout player at the collegiate and professional level." Mannion reportedly received a third-round grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Board over the winter.
Source: NFL.com
May 26 - 5:38 PM

Oregon State senior QB Sean Mannion reportedly received a third-round grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Board over the winter.

We'd heard previously that NFL scouts told Mannion he'd be a third-round pick, but we hadn't heard reports about the advisory board's opinion. The Round 3 prediction strikes us as great news for Mannion. He has a first-round frame at 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds and first-round production (400-of-603 passing, Pac-12 record 4,662 yards, 37 TDs). Mannion must improve his ability to throw in a cluttered pocket and cut down on crippling interceptions (his mobility, another negative, probably won't improve much). If he can get more comfortable and more accurate, Mannion will shoot up draft boards. If not, he could slip to Day 3. At least he's starting from a good baseline.
Source: NFL.com
May 22 - 11:04 PM

Oregon State junior QB Sean Mannion announced he will return to school for his final season of eligibility.

This decision was a predictable one. Mannion started the season on a tear, just like 2012, but that production tapered off thanks to pressure. We keep saying that Mannion as some bad Philip Rivers in his game, and the touch passer's velocity and accuracy dip when moved off his spot. The junior apparently heard from six NFL scouts who said he would be a third-rounder.
Jan 6 - 4:03 PM

Oregon State junior QB Sean Mannion is surprisingly leaning towards declaring for May's draft, according to draft insider Tony Pauline.

We are shocked by the news. Mannion started red hot in the last two seasons, but quickly took a dive in production once his offensive line starting allowing more and more pressure. He struggles to win from restricted space and does not have mobility to evade the rush consistently. Still, Mannion does throw with touch and will be losing his top receiver, Brandin Cooks, to the NFL.
Tue, Dec 31, 2013 11:54:00 AM

Oregon State junior QB Sean Mannion announced over the weekend that he has "every intention of coming back next year."

Mannion has thrown for a single-season OSU record 4,403 yards (second in the nation), 36 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 2013. The 6-foot-5, 214-pounder is wise to return to campus for another campaign. Yes, the turnovers are alarming, but Mannion, while gifted with star receiver Brandin Cooks, has been forced to guide an offense that couldn't run the ball against open air. Mannion very likely would have been a third-day selection in May's draft, but a huge senior season could improve his stock.
Mon, Dec 16, 2013 07:57:00 PM