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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

Oregon State junior Isaac Seumalo was ranked by ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper as the No. 1 underclassmen center.

Seumalo, who missed spring practices with a foot injury, has made 25 starts. Kiper believes he could "easily" move to guard in the pros, and is also "athletic enough to handle tackle." CBS Sports' Rob Rang sees the 6-foot-3, 305-pounder as perhaps the Beavers' best NFL prospect.
Jun 22 - 7:36 PM

Oregon State redshirt junior WR Richard Mullaney will emerge as the Beavers' go-to receiving option in 2014, according to Rob Rang of CBS Sports.

"Mullaney is nowhere near the athlete that [Brandin] Cooks (or former OSU standout Markus Wheaton) are but his height, superb hands and experience should help him emerge as the Beavers' top receiver in 2014," Rang wrote. "Mullaney tracks the ball well, showing good hand-eye coordination and body control to haul in tough grabs while getting hit. He has functional quickness and speed and uses size, hand strength and precise route-running to get off the line of scrimmage and gain separation." The 6-foot-3, 194-pounder is a bit of a possession plodder with a 4.65 forty, but he's going to be a wideout to target in Pac-12 leagues as the recipient of a good portion of Sean Mannion's video game statistics.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 21 - 5:52 PM

Oregon State senior TE Connor Hamlett "offers extraordinary size and soft hands," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Hamlett caught 40 passes for 364 yards and five touchdowns while suffering through a pair of knee injuries last year. "Healthy and with OSU needing weapons to pick up the slack with [Brandin] Cooks' departure, he could be in for a monster senior campaign," Rang wrote. "Hamlett offers extraordinary size and soft hands. He isn't as physical at the point of attack as his size would indicate and is more of a short-yardage security blanket rather than a seam threat." Hamlett will provide good TE value in Pac-12 leagues if he can stay healthy in 2014.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 21 - 5:40 PM

Oregon State junior OC Isaac Seumalo has a chance to be the team's best NFL prospect, wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

The 6-foot-3, 305-pounder has started over both of his seasons of eligibility thus far, making him one of the Pac-12's most experienced centers despite being only a junior. "He possesses good quickness off the snap and plays on the balls of his feet with knees bent, allowing him to efficiently shuffle laterally to handle athletic rushers as well as anchor against power," wrote Rang. "He turns and seals defenders from the action efficiently and shows impressive speed and agility in the open field for a center. Seumalo also has earned kudos from the coaching staff for his selflessness, as indicated by his willingness to switch to right tackle for two games last season as injuries mounted along Oregon State's offensive line."
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 21 - 4:23 PM

Oregon State senior CB Steven Nelson will draw NFL interest if he repeats his 2013 success.

The 5-foot-11, 192-pounder (4.53 forty) didn't disappoint as a touted JUCO transfer in 2013. "Nelson has a broad build for a cornerback and he uses his size and aggressive hands well to jam receivers at the line of scrimmage," wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang. "He is too aggressive, at times, fighting with receivers as they go downfield but doesn't rely on his hands to cover due to the fact that he is a fluid athlete, who turns efficiently and accelerates smoothly. Nelson has a second-gear to close when the ball is in the air and shows excellent hand-eye coordination to make the tough interception, turning six of his 14 passes defensed a year ago into turnovers. Nelson plays the run well also, aggressively fighting through blockers and taking on bigger ball-carriers with no hesitation. He breaks down patiently and makes ball-carriers commit before closing efficiently to make the physical wrap-up tackle." Nelson had four interceptions in his first four OSU games last seaso
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 21 - 4:09 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

Former BYU FB Iona Pritchard transferred to Oregon State.

The fullback recently graduated and will be able to play for the Beavers immediately in 2014. "I just wanted the opportunity to play with my brother my last year," Pritchard said. Pritchard's younger brother Baker transferred from BYU to OSU earlier this offseason. Iona Pritchard played in nine games last season.
Jun 1 - 8:50 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


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