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Oregon State DE Obum Gwacham is gaining buzz in the NFL scouting community, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Gwacham, a high jumper with a personal best of just under 7-feet 2-inches is slowly blossoming into a terror on the defensive line," Pauline wrote. "The former receiver moved to defensive end last spring and initially impressed scouts during April practice with his athleticism and pass rushing ability. He’s kept the momentum going in the early part of the season, most recently registering a pair of sacks during the Beavers victory over Hawaii. Scouts love the upside Gawcham brings and if he continues to develop on the field they believe the former track star could end up as a second or third round pick in next year’s draft." NFL media analyst Gil Brandt named Gwacham as his top sleeper candidate for the 2014 draft in late August.
Sep 15 - 5:46 PM

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

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

NFL media analyst Gil Brandt named Oregon State DE Obum Gwacham as his top sleeper candidate for the 2014 draft.

Brandt's 2012 preseason sleeper was Ziggy Ansah, so pay attention. Brandt loves Gwacham's length and speed; the former wide receiver has both in spades. "It's my last year and I want to contribute to the wins we'll have this season," said Gwacham. "So I thought the place to do that would be on the D-line." Said head coach Mike Riley: "It was one of the easiest transitions I've ever made in a position switch." The 6-foot-5, 236-pound athlete will try to slot into the position vacated by third-round pick Scott Crichton. In addition to impressing Brandt, Gwacham has impressed coaches. "He was coming off the edge clean and running into somebody, that looked pretty good," defensive coordinator Mark Banker said. "Then the true test came when he had to play inside and knock the tight end off and that looked pretty good. He's passed that test."
Aug 27 - 5:20 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 junior Isaac Seumalo hasn't been given a definitive timetable for his return from a broken foot, leaving him in jeopardy of missing the season opener.

"I think it’s on pretty good schedule to be ready to play, if not at the very first game, early," Oregon State head coach Mike Riley said. "So we’re going to be very, very careful with that. So that’s why I’m being very careful when I say he’s going to play. But I anticipate him being ready. I would think he might be ready for the first game, but maybe not." The Beavers don't need to rush Seumalo back with games against the Portland State Vikings and Hawaii Warriors in the first two weeks before a Week 3 bye.
Jul 27 - 11:06 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline believes Oregon State redshirt senior S Ryan Murphy has "average athleticism and range."

Pauline grades the fifth-year prospect as a seventh-round preseason prospect. "Murphy is a skilled defensive back with nice size but average athleticism and range," the analyst wrote. At 6-foot-3, 213 pounds, Murphy has the size of a prototype safety. He enters his senior year having started 28 games in his career and recorded six career interceptions, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble.
Jul 27 - 8:51 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 sophomore WR Victor Bolden was named one of ESPN.com's preseason Pac-12 breakout players.

Bolden reeled in only six receptions last year as a part-time receiver. He did his damage as a gadget player, averaging eight yards per run on reverses and sweeps, and as a returner, as he gained more than 1,000 yards on kickoffs. This year, many expect Bolden to step into the hole vacated when Brandin Cooks bolted for the NFL. "If he can generate even half of Cooks' production for the Oregon State passing game this season, he'll become a well-known name among Pac-12 fans," wrote Brad Edwards.
Jul 19 - 8:55 PM

Oregon State QB Sean Mannion believes the Beavers will replace Biletnikoff Award-winner Brandin Cooks' production with a committee approach.

It won't be easy to replace 128 catches, but Oregon State is hoping WR Richard Mullaney, TE Connor Hamlett, and flanker Victor Bolden will all pitch in to make up for the void. "Collectively as a group, I think everybody will kind of step it up to fill that void. It will be good to see some of the younger guys step it up and see what they can do," said Mannion. "That's what was great about spring ball and we'll continue to do that into fall camp. We have a great group of tight ends and receivers and I think it will be a group effort to fill those shoes."
Source: NFL.com
Jul 13 - 7:32 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


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