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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 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. Mar 24 - 11:51 PM
Source: NFL.com

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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).
Source: NFL.com
Mar 22 - 7:23 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."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 17 - 8:28 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.
Feb 17 - 1:50 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 NFL.com.

"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.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 9 - 8:09 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.
Jan 20 - 6:49 PM

Oregon State redshirt senior QB Sean Mannion has looked "undraftable" at Senior Bowl practice, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"So far we've seen undraftable QB Sean Mannion in practice. Just like most of his 2014 game film," Brugler tweeted. The Beavers prospect finished with 3,164 passing yards this season to go with 15 touchdowns and eight interceptions. The Beavers won four of their first five games, but just won one game the rest of the way, with Mannion under center. Mannion will be lucky if a team pulls the trigger on him late on Day 3, due to his size (6-foot-5, 229 pounds) and four-year-starter experience.
Jan 20 - 3:37 PM

Oregon State redshirt senior QB Sean Mannion "drew the most praise" amongst senior QBs from NFL scouts polled by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

"More of a third-rounder," one scout said. "Just lacks arm strength. Good size, good production." We're a little flabbergasted that scouts continue to believe in Mannion. The signal-caller had a great 2013, but posted an ugly 46/39 TD/INT ratio in his other three seasons as starter (2011-'12, '14). He threw for 1,500 yards and 22 touchdowns less this season than he did last. And did we mention that Mannion struggles with pressure, leading to sacks and head-scratching interceptions? There are more consistent quarterbacks out there if you're looking for a late-round flier, but scouts refuse to give up on physical tools and Mannion's got those at 6-foot-5, 218 pounds, even if he hasn't shown much else.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 10:47:00 PM

Oregon State redshirt senior QB Sean Mannion completed 30-of-46 passes for 314 yards, two touchdowns and an interception against Washington on Saturday.

At this point, Mannion's 2013 season looks flukish, a clear outlier to the work he turned in over his other three seasons of eligibility. Indeed, in those three years (2011-'12, '14), Mannion has posted an ugly 45/39 TD/INT ratio. Mannion will be lucky if a team pulls the trigger on him late on Day 3 due to his size (6-foot-5, 218 pounds) and four-year-starter experience.
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 10:52:00 PM

An NFL scout contacted by CBS Sports' Dane Brugler was not impressed by Oregon State redshirt senior QB Sean Mannion.

Brugler texted an NFL scout to ask if he was watching the Oregon State/Arizona State game on Saturday night. The scout texted back simply "I'm watching two QBs I wouldn't draft." Ouch. Not that we disagree with his assessment on either Mannion or Arizona State starter Taylor Kelly. Outside of a few throws, neither impressed. Mannion showed himself to be largely unable to deal with the blitz, while Kelly repeatedly missed open targets.
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, Nov 18, 2014 05:22:00 PM

Oregon State redshirt senior Sean Mannion completed 19-of-33 passes for 251 yards, two touchdowns and an interception against Arizona State on Saturday.

This was a good test for the embattled senior gunslinger, as Arizona State's defense is perhaps the most blitz-happy in the country and Mannion had shown a tendency against USC and Stanford to wilt under pressure. The results were mixed. The Sun Devils broke through on a disintegrating line several times and Mannion was unable to release the ball fast enough to avoid sacks. There's not much Mannion can do when the offensive line acts like they've never seen pressure before, but the senior had chances to unload the ball and simply didn't. On the most beautiful play of the game, though, Arizona State brought the house, the line and backs picked it up and Mannion unleashed a perfect strike down the field to a sprinting Jordan Villamin for a 66-yard touchdown pass. Plays like this are rarities. Mannion too often ends up either taking sacks or throwing bad interceptions. He has physical tools, but we don't view him as more than a backup NFL quarterback.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 06:08:00 PM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks wrote that Oregon redshirt senior QB Sean Mannion needed to show a "glimpse of turning it around" against Arizona State on Saturday.

The NFL draft analyst wrote that Mannion had been "disappointing in big games." His two worst games this season have come against USC and Stanford, where he threw for a combined 255 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. Fellow analyst from CBS Sports, Dane Brugler, also keyed in on the fact that the Arizona State contest might be Mannion's last real chance to solidify himself for evaluators, writing, "sooner or later, he needs to show scouts why he's worth drafting." There are more consistent quarterbacks out there if you're looking for a late-round flier, but scouts refuse to give up on physical tools and Mannion's got those at 6-foot-5, 218 pounds, even if he hasn't shown much else.
Source: NFL.com
Fri, Nov 14, 2014 06:24:00 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote that "sooner or later" Oregon State redshirt senior QB Sean Mannion had to prove he's worth drafting.

Coming into the 2014 season, Mannion was considered by some scouts to be the top senior quarterback prospect, but he's only thrown 10 touchdown passes in nine games. "Mannion does have the excuse of having to adjust to a new offensive coordinator this season," wrote Brugler "but sooner or later he needs to show scouts why he's worth drafting." Mannion's running out of chances and this weekend's game against Arizona State is a high-profile contest for the 6-foot-5, 218-pound statue of a quarterback. We really don't see Mannion as anything more than an NFL backup, but scouts refuse to let his name go gentle into that good night.
Source: CBS Sports
Thu, Nov 13, 2014 07:37:00 PM

Oregon State redshirt senior QB Sean Mannion completed 31-of-49 passes for 419 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's loss to Washington State.

Mannion could have had a second touchdown pass, but his 38-yard pass to Victor Bolden was called back on a holding call. As it was, the quarterback ended up leading the Beavers to four field goals as Oregon State lost its fourth in a row. Mannion will occasionally put up yards like he did in this one--he threw for 320 yards against Cal last week--but he's struggled when faced with good defenses (highlighted by an weak effort against Stanford). We don't see him as an NFL prospect.
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 06:30:00 PM

Draft insider Tony Pauline has heard Colorado State's Garrett Grayson, Oregon State's Sean Mannion, ECU's Shane Carden and Southeastern Louisiana's Bryan Bennett will likely receive Senior Bowl invitations.

Pauline adds he has heard invitations will be withheld for Oregon's Marcus Mariota and UCLA's Brett Hundley, two redshirt juniors who are eligible for the event because they graduate early. We are shocked that Bo Wallace, Bryce Petty and Brandon Bridge are not listed in the group. The senior crop at this position is not strong. At all.
Tue, Nov 4, 2014 10:30:00 AM