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Oregon State senior CB Steven Nelson "stood out in coverage all day long, showing quick feet, a fluid turning motion and the closing burst," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Nelson stood out in coverage all day long, showing quick feet, a fluid turning motion and the closing burst. He officially broke up four passes, consistently undercutting receivers to bat away passes. Nelson has the blend of size and tenacity scouts are looking for in a nickel corner," Rang wrote. The All-Pac-12 second team selection had a solid senior season for the Beavers, and recorded two interceptions and 60 tackles.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 26 - 3:14 PM

Scout's Inc. gave Oregon State senior CB Steven Nelson "a fourth-round grade when we studied his tape a few weeks back, but he played a lot better than that in practice."

"He doesn't have exceptional top-end speed, but was able to shadow receivers all day, showing good instincts, redirection skills and quick feet. He also played with a bit of an edge, not letting receivers block him downfield, and getting involved in run support," wrote Todd McShay, Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler noted earlier this week that Nelson "has been impressive" at Senior Bowl practices. "Patient but competitive. If I can steal him in the 3rd, Id consider my draft a success," Brugler tweeted. The Oregon State prospect had a solid senior season with two interceptions and 60 tackles and was named to the All-Pac-12 second team.
Jan 24 - 3:53 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

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Oregon State senior CB Steven Nelson "has been impressive" at Senior Bowl practices.

"As expected, CB Steven Nelson has been impressive. Patient but competitive. If I can steal him in the 3rd, Id consider my draft a success," Brugler tweeted. The Oregon State prospect had a solid senior season with two interceptions and 60 tackles and was named to the All-Pac-12 second team. Brugler wrote earlier, that the 5-foot-10, 199-pound Nelson, may be "the most competitive cornerback on the Senior Bowl roster."
Jan 20 - 2:42 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Oregon State senior CB Steven Nelson "is a bigger version of Nickel [sic] Robey who routinely jumped off the film."

"Maybe the most competitive cornerback on the Senior Bowl roster, Nelson has average size/speed numbers, but he puts himself in position to make plays on the ball," Brugler wrote. "He has some deficiencies with his overaggressiveness in coverage and as a tackler, but Nelson is a bigger version of Nickel [sic] Robey who routinely jumped off the film." TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote last month that Nelson could be "a top 100 pick with a good post-season showing."
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 20 - 12:50 AM

The Portland Tribune is reporting Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen will take the same position with Oregon State and both schools have confirmed the news.

Many will scratch their heads over this decision as it seems like a lateral move at best. Andersen is well respected by college and NFL coaches and is from the west coast. After leaving Utah for Utah State, it seems like the head coach wanted to return to that side of the country. He will bring his power, zone blocking offense to the Pac-12. Oregon State's former coach, Mike Riley, just moved to Nebraska. The carousel continues.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 05:34:00 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

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline continues "to hear a lot of good things" about Oregon State senior CB Steven Nelson.

"The senior entered the year with free agent grades but has elevated himself into the middle rounds," Pauline wrote. "Sized well at just under 5-feet/11-inches and 200-pounds, he could elevate to a top 100 pick with a good post-season showing." Nelson, who collected 122 total tackles, eight interceptions and 16 pass breakups during his short two-year OSU career, recently accepted an invite to the Senior Bowl.
Mon, Dec 1, 2014 08:11:00 PM

Oregon State senior CB Steven Nelson has accepted an invite to the Senior Bowl.

The 5-foot-11, 192-pound Nelson has racked up 122 total tackles, eight interceptions and 16 pass breakups in his short OSU career. The Oregon State prospect was a touted JUCO transfer in 2013. Last season, Nelson was a Pac-12 Conference Honorable mention pick. Nelson will be the third cornerback in OSU's history to play in the Senior Bowl, joining Keenan Lewis (New Orleans Saints) in 2007 and Jordan Poyer (Cleveland Browns) in 2013.
Mon, Dec 1, 2014 02:47:00 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

According to Oregon State HC Mike Riley, senior RB Terron Ward will "most likely" miss the remainder of the regular season with a knee injury.

Ward has rushed for 696 yards and 10 touchdowns on 133 carries this season. Of the knee injury, Riley said, "[Ward] is all over the place on our team, so when you lose a guy like that, it takes [multiple] guys to replace him." Storm Ward is expected to take over rushing duties and has proven capable of the job, having rushed for 591 yards and four touchdowns. Oregon State wraps up its schedule with games against Washington and Oregon.
Tue, Nov 18, 2014 04:30:00 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Oregon State senior CB Steven Nelson is "moving up draft boards."

"He won't test off the charts at the NFL Combine with average size and speed for the position, but it's his aggressive attitude that makes him draftable and moving up draft boards with his play as a senior," Brugler writes. Last week the 5-foot-11, 192-pound Nelson snapped Arizona State's Jaelen Strong five game streak with at least one score. Brugler notes that The Oregon State prospect "plays like the biggest player on the field with supreme confidence and the competitive spirit that allows him to match up with anyone."
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, Nov 18, 2014 04:03:00 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


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