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Oregon State redshirt senior QB Sean Mannion "has been underwhelming up to this point,"according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"If he would have entered the 2014 NFL Draft, Mannion likely would have been a top-100 draft pick. But he decided to return for his senior year and unfortunately has been underwhelming up to this point," Brugler wrote. Mannion completed 15-of-32 attempts for 123 yards and two interceptions in the 35-10 loss to USC last Saturday. Brugler added that the Oregon State prospect "played timid for all four quarters and was very unsure of himself, clearly lacking confidence in his reads and decision-making."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 30 - 3:37 PM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks wrote that Sean Mannion's struggles have led to legitimate questions about his ability to maintain control under pressure.

Like everybody else who follows college football, NFL.com's Bucky Brooks has not been impressed with Oregon State QB Sean Mannion. Mannion did absolutely nothing against USC on Saturday, passing for only 132 yards and tossing two interceptions and no touchdowns. Brooks forwards that Mannion's struggles have led to questions about "his athleticism, mobility and functionality within a collapsing pocket." Brooks also speculates that Mannion's "ineffectiveness suggests that he could struggle as a signal-caller without a strong supporting cast." After putting up a 4,662 yard, 37 touchdown season in 2014, Mannion decided to ride out his final year with Oregon State rather than enter the draft, a decision that begins to look more and more poor as the season goes on.
Source: nfl.com
Sep 29 - 5:44 PM

Oregon State redshirt senior QB Sean Mannion completed 15-of-32 attempts for 123 yards and two interceptions in a 35-10 loss to USC on Saturday.

Mannion did not throw for a touchdown in the contest. This was Oregon State's first game against a legitimate team in 2014 and Mannion didn't put in a good showing for scouts. Mannion's built like a quarterback constructed in a lab (6'5", 220 pounds), but there are legitimate concerns about his ability to handle pressure. Mannion threw for 4,662 yards and 37 touchdowns a season ago, numbers that almost led him to the 2014 draft before he decided to stick around for his senior year. Unless he turns around what's been a mediocre season, Mannion might end up regretting that decision.
Sep 29 - 1:17 AM

Oregon State DE Obum Gwacham collected one sack and one tackle for loss in Saturday's 21-point win against San Diego State.

Gwacham will be tested greatly in the near future, according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, as Oregon State’s next four games are against USC, Colorado, Utah and Stanford. Last week, Pauline called Gwacham "Ziggy Ansah light," adding: "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."
Sep 22 - 8:50 PM

Oregon State redshirt senior QB Sean Mannion completed 24-of-31 attempts for 275 yards and an interception in a 28-7 win against San Diego State over the weekend.

You'll hear Mannion discussed as a potential intriguing developmental NFL quarterback, mostly because he looks the part at 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds. But if Rotoworld's NFL Draft staff ran a pro organization, we wouldn't waste the pick. Mannion becomes hurried when he receives pressure up the middle. Because he isn't mobile, this panic manifests itself in occasionally crippling mistakes. Not everyone agrees with us, of course, as ESPN's Todd McShay graded Mannion ahead of Baylor's Bryce Petty over the summer. The Oregon State prospect almost bolted to the NFL over the winter but decided to exhaust his collegiate eligibility. He hasn't played great during the soft section of OSU's schedule and will need to pick it up when Pac-12 play starts this Saturday against USC.
Sep 22 - 1:38 AM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline called Oregon State DE Obum Gwacham "Ziggy Ansah light."

Coincidentally, NFL media analyst Gil Brandt named Gwacham as his top sleeper candidate for the 2014 draft; his 2012 preseason sleeper was none other than Ansah. "The former receiver moved to defensive end last spring and initially impressed scouts during April practice with his athleticism and pass rushing ability," Pauline wrote earlier this week. "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."
Sep 17 - 6:38 PM

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


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