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Sean Mannion | Quarterback

Team: Oregon State Beavers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 4/25/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 218

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Rams selected Oregon State QB Sean Mannion with the No. 89 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.
Mannion (6'6/229) was a 43-game starter for coach Mike Riley, wrapping his career with an 83:54 TD-to-INT ratio and 64.6 completion rate. He set 18 school passing records. A turnover machine in college, Mannion's high interception totals are an obvious concern, and he fumbled 30 times in four seasons. Mannion has experience making full-field reads in Riley's pro-style-ish offense, but his arm talent is below starter quality and his performance dipped sharply under pressure. Bright (40 Wonderlic) and the son of a coach, Mannion best projects as a long-term clipboard holder who would likely struggle in extended playing time. Fri, May 1, 2015 11:00:00 PM

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Oregon State QB Sean Mannion was compared by an NFL scout to Derek Anderson.

Anderson came out of Oregon State a decade ago. "Long, slow delivery," the scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "He's everybody's backup. This kid is so smart, he's playing to every bit of his ability." We've never liked Mannion, but this strikes us as a realistic assessment of his upside. Another scout speaking to the MJS skewed to what we perceive to be the unrealistic pole of Mannion's evaluation. "He spins a really good deep ball," he said. "He's very accurate and incredibly smart (Wonderlic of 40). People will knock him because of his 40 time, but he's got good enough feet to move around and slide in the pocket. I just like his presence."
Wed, Apr 29, 2015 01:12:00 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that "more than a dozen teams in fact rank [Oregon State QB Sean Mannion] number three on their quarterback board."

We're sure Mannion is a swell dude, and we're sorry to be so consistently negative when writing about him, but we just threw up a little bit in our mouths. Pauline, checking into Rotoworld's blurb via a Charles Robinson report that Mannion was rated as the No. 3 QB prospect by some, found out that the original dispatch wasn't as shocking as reality by half. We bag on Mannion for his immobility, his tendency to get flustered under pressure and his downright mediocrity in the three seasons Brandin Cooks wasn't destroying the Pac-12, but this report is potentially outstanding news for teams hoping Bryce Petty or Brett Hundley will drop to Round 3. We still have no idea how the QB class will shake out after Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota. Mannion, by the way, recently worked out for the Rams and Cowboys.
Fri, Apr 24, 2015 07:56:00 PM draft analyst Curtis Conway believes Oregon State QB Sean Mannion's pro-style experience makes him an undervalued draft commodity.

"He'll come in ahead of the game," said Conway, who also expressed attraction to Mannion's size (6-foot-6, 229). If you're a regular reader of this section, stop reading this blurb now, because we're about to assault the dead horse again. Simply put: Mannion is barely worth a late Day 3 pick. The immobile pocket passer only excelled in 2013, when Brandin Cooks was absolutely abusing Pac-12 corners. Mannion freaks out when things go wrong inside of structure, taking unnecessary sacks, forcing the ball to preliminary reads, or turning the ball over needlessly. He's going to be overdrafted.
Sat, Apr 18, 2015 08:26:00 PM

The Rams are putting Oregon State QB Sean Mannion through a private workout on Friday, according to Ian Rapoport.

The Rams are among the teams that do not possess the top two picks who have expressed interest in quarterbacks via workouts and visits. Mannion recently worked out for the Cowboys. Mannion should not warrant more than a fifth round selection, but watch a team spend that type of selection on him.
Fri, Apr 17, 2015 10:58:00 AM

The Cowboys will put Oregon State QB Sean Mannion through a private workout, according to Ian Rapoport.

Mannion Mania, y'all. This news is on the heels of Joel Klatt ranking Mannion as the No. 3 quarterback in the draft, No. 50 overall and calling him the safest prospect at the position. We are amazed, as Mannion really struggles when pressured and does not have the ability to create on his own with movement in the pocket.
Tue, Apr 14, 2015 09:48:00 AM

Fox Sports' Joel Klatt believes Oregon State QB Sean Mannion is the "safest quarterback in the draft" and will be a second round pick.

"He is as smart as any young NFL QB or backup right now on the chalk board and his velocity is better than expected," Klatt writes. The former Colorado quarterback notes Mannion's 2014 season took a step back due to lost talent around him. We would note that Mannion does not have skills to compensate for things going wrong inside of structure, something Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota do possess. We would be surprised if Mannion is selected before the fourth round.
Source: Fox Sports
Mon, Apr 13, 2015 12:35:00 PM

Oregon State QB Sean Mannion is viewed as the No. 3 prospect at his position by some NFL personnel members, according to Charles Robinson.

Disgusting. "That was slightly surprising," Robinson writes. Mannion does check the box of being a tall quarterback, which is seemingly enough for some teams. He really, and we mean really, breaks down in a closing pocket and when pressured. Mannion also lacks mobility to find space to throw.
Thu, Apr 9, 2015 02:35:00 PM

Oregon State QB Sean Mannion would be a nice developmental pick for the Bears, noted NFL Media analyst Charles Davis.

Chicago will begrudgingly stick with Jay Cutler in 2015, but many feel they will tab a quarterback at some point in this month's draft. "Mannion has the look of an old-school QB with his over-the-top delivery and strong arm," Davis wrote. "He's tough-minded and has some experience playing in the elements coming out of the Pacific Northwest, which would serve him well late in the year in Chicago. If the Bears wanted to accelerate the change of the guard under center, Mannion has been trained in a pro-style offense and might adapt a little quicker than his colleagues coming out of spread systems." The immobile Mannion struggles with pressure and flopped when Brandin Cooks wasn't catching his throws in college.
Wed, Apr 1, 2015 07:40:00 PM

Oregon State QB Sean Mannion "has the ability to be a very solid pro signal-caller" if given a "[good] NFL supporting cast," wrote NFL Media analyst Charles Davis.

The crux of Davis' argument is that Mannion's draft stock plummeted because his numbers dropped off in 2014 (4,662 yards and 37 touchdowns in 2013 to 3,164/15), explaining that the reason this was so was due to a weaker supporting cast around him. We disagree with the very premise: If Mannion was overrated in 2013 -- and throwing to Brandin Cooks in a pro-style collegiate offense has a way of making mortals look good -- you're compounding the original mis-evaluational by pawning off his crashing-back-to-earth 2014 production (he played similarly in 2011 and 2012) as the fault of his supporting cast. "Despite the dropoff in production, Mannion is actually gaining momentum as he makes a case to be the third quarterback drafted behind Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota," Davis wrote. If so, a mistake is brewing, reader. The immobile Mannion struggled mightily with pressure throughout his tenure, even when Cooks was around to bail him out.
Tue, Mar 24, 2015 11:51:00 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah mentioned Oregon State QB Sean Mannion as an example of a big pro-day riser.

"Sean Mannion helped himself more than anybody else at his pro day," Jeremiah said. " ... A lot of people that went and saw both quarterbacks said 'Look, just off the pro day -- forget the tape -- Sean Mannion threw the ball much better than Marcus Mariota did.' He's got a strong arm, he's got ideal size, and he's played in that NFL system." We, for one, refuse to ignore the tape. This is what you see on it: Mannion struggles with pressure, leading to sacks and head-scratching interceptions. If you're looking for a late-round flier, we'd suggest several options before Mannion, but scouts refuse to give up on physical tools and Mannion's got those with a big arm and a 6-foot-5, 218-pound frame. "I think he's very much in the discussion with teams to be that No. 3 quarterback selected," Jeremiah said. The signal-caller was great in 2013, but he posted a horrific 46/39 TD/INT ratio in his other three seasons as starter (2011-'12, '14).
Sun, Mar 22, 2015 07:23:00 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein ranks Oregon State QB Sean Mannion as the class' No. 6 QB.

We can't get there. Mannion (6-foot-5 1/2, 229 pounds) has a good arm and experience in a pro-style offense, but he struggles with pressure, leading to sacks and head-scratching interceptions. "Tall, rhythm thrower who shows an ability to play with confidence and accuracy when used as a game manager within an offense featuring a strong rushing attack," Zierlein wrote. "Mannion needs plays to stay on schedule, or his confidence becomes shaky and the turnovers start rolling in. Mannion lacks arm talent to carry an offense but has enough ability to become a capable backup."
Tue, Mar 17, 2015 08:28:00 PM

Oregon State QB Sean Mannion believes he is the best QB in the 2015 draft class.

"The way I look at it is I'm as good a quarterback as anybody," Mannion said. "That's just the way I feel. I'm confident in my game. I feel I can be the best quarterback in this class. I understand people have opinions, but that's just the way I feel." Bryce Petty made a similar assertion earlier this winter. As was the case then, we strongly disagree with the player's self-assessment. Mannion (6-foot-5 1/2, 229 pounds) has a good arm and experience in a pro-style offense, but he struggles with pressure, leading to sacks and head-scratching interceptions. The signal-caller had a great 2013 -- and probably should have tested his draft luck after that season -- but posted an ugly 46/39 TD/INT ratio in his other three seasons as starter (2011-'12, '14). We'd use our developmental Day 3 pick on a different signal-caller.
Tue, Feb 17, 2015 01:50:00 AM

Oregon State QB Sean Mannion "should look good in the passing drills [at the combine] because of his comfort level with all sorts of drops and throws, but his athleticism is a question," noted

"Mannion had a great junior season (4,662 yards, 37 TDs, 66.3 completion percentage) but struggled as a senior (3,164 yards, 15 TDs, 62.3 completion percentage), and some analysts wonder if he can be an NFL starter," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. We remain miffed that Mannion is still discussed as even a potential starter in the pros. The statuesque Mannion struggles with pressure, leading to sacks and head-scratching interceptions. He did, however, "[draw] the most praise" amongst senior QBs from NFL scouts polled by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel earlier this winter. Mannion's got a good arm and stands 6-foot-5, 218 pounds, but we question just about every other aspect of his game.
Mon, Feb 9, 2015 08:09:00 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay noted that Oregon State redshirt senior QB Sean Mannion "has a prototypical frame for the QB position at 6-5, 220 pounds, and he has the arm to make all the throws."

"But he needs to be more consistent with his accuracy and his decision-making," McShay wrote. "He's coming off of a subpar senior season with a 15-8 TD-INT ratio. What I want to see out of him is how he handles pressure. Can he maneuver inside the pocket and make accurate throws on pressure drops?" Regular readers know we don't see Mannion as draftable. The signal-caller had a great 2013 -- and probably should have tested his draft luck after that season -- but posted an ugly 46/39 TD/INT ratio in his other three seasons as starter (2011-'12, '14). Scouts seem to like him, though, probably owing to the size. Mannion "drew the most praise" amongst senior QBs from NFL scouts polled by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
Tue, Jan 20, 2015 06:49:00 PM