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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

An NFC South area scout said Oregon State DE Obum Gwacham "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," the scout said. The Oregon State prospect must get stronger to help against the run, and he also needs further refinement as a pass rusher. "Exceptional personal and football character with a desire to learn his new position," NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein wrote. "His 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."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 17 - 1:24 AM

ESPN.com's Kevin Weidl observes that Oregon State CB Steven Nelson "is an instinctive player who lacks ideal measurables."

"He is a balanced mover with a chip on his shoulder that allows him to play bigger than his size indicates," Weidl wrote. The All-Pac-12 second team selection had a solid senior season for the Beavers, recording two interceptions and 60 tackles. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler noted during Senior Bowl week that Nelson was "impressive" at practices. "Patient but competitive. If I can steal him in the 3rd, Id consider my draft a success," Brugler tweeted.
Feb 15 - 9:21 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein believes Oregon State DE Obum Gwacham's "desire and character combined with his superb physical traits could make him a late-round project."

"Exceptional personal and football character with a desire to learn his new position. ... His 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," Zierlein wrote. The former wide receiver turned defensive end has shown evaluators that he is an explosive athlete off the edge. Moving forward, the Oregon State prospect will have to get stronger to play against the run, while developing as a pass rusher.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 13 - 2:50 PM

Oregon State QB Sean Mannion "should look good in the passing drills [at the combine] because of his comfort level with all sorts of drops and throws, but his athleticism is a question," noted NFL.com.

"Mannion had a great junior season (4,662 yards, 37 TDs, 66.3 completion percentage) but struggled as a senior (3,164 yards, 15 TDs, 62.3 completion percentage), and some analysts wonder if he can be an NFL starter," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. We remain miffed that Mannion is still discussed as even a potential starter in the pros. The statuesque Mannion struggles with pressure, leading to sacks and head-scratching interceptions. He did, however, "[draw] the most praise" amongst senior QBs from NFL scouts polled by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel earlier this winter. Mannion's got a good arm and stands 6-foot-5, 218 pounds, but we question just about every other aspect of his game.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 9 - 8:09 PM

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


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