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NFL.com 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.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 18 - 8:26 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.
Apr 17 - 10:58 AM

Oregon State CB Steven Nelson has had a combined 12 visits or workouts thus far.

We aren't aware of everywhere he's been, but the Browns, Steelers and Lions are three of the known destinations. Nelson did not miss a single tackle in 2014, part of the reason that we're high on him. We'd absolutely cosign a third-round investment.
Apr 16 - 4:02 PM

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.
Apr 14 - 9:48 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
Apr 13 - 12:35 PM

Oregon State CB Steven Nelson did not miss a tackle in 2014, according to Pro Football Focus.

He is the only corner in this draft class to make that claim. "FSU’s P.J. Williams missed 18 total tackles, the most of any corner," writes Sam Monson. Nelson ranks highly on Josh Norris' board at No. 87 overall.
Apr 10 - 10:37 AM

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.
Apr 9 - 2:35 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.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 1 - 7:40 PM

Oregon State DE Obum Gwacham's "desire and character combined with his superb physical traits could make him a late-round project who teams show patience with as he gets bigger and continues to learn the position," wrote NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

"Explosive athlete with only one year of experience at defensive end after transitioning from wide receiver," Zierlein wrote. "Gwacham lacks the functional strength to play the run and he's still in the infant stages of learning how to rush the passer." Gwacham ranks as the class' No. 10 edge rusher and compares to Willie Jefferson, according to the analyst. "This guy is going to blow some people away with his explosion numbers and teams will love him in interviews because he's a genuinely good guy. As a player, he still needs a lot of time to develop and you better set aside time for that and have a plan for him," said an NFC South area scout.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 30 - 11:32 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.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 24 - 11:51 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).
Source: NFL.com
Mar 22 - 7:23 PM

Oregon State senior TE Connor Hamlett "is giving up football due to injuries," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

The Oregon State prospect went through three minor knee surgeries in the last two years. The 6-foot-7, 263-pound Hamlett was only able to play at about 80 percent, due to knee pain and swelling during his final season with the Beavers.
Mar 18 - 2:48 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 DE Obum Gwacham has added 20 pounds in the last 6 weeks, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Gwacham, who moved to DE from WR, has added 20 pounds the last 6 weeks. He said he hopes to put on a show here. His fastest 40 was 4.52," Brugler tweeted. The Oregon State prospect could definitely welcome a few pounds of muscle to help him get stronger versus the run. The former wide receiver turned defensive end recorded 27 tackles as a top reserve at defensive end, and tied for third on the team with 4 sacks.
Feb 20 - 3:45 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


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