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TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that "more than a dozen teams in fact rank [Oregon State QB Sean Mannion] number three on their quarterback board."

We're sure Mannion is a swell dude, and we're sorry to be so consistently negative when writing about him, but we just threw up a little bit in our mouths. Pauline, checking into Rotoworld's blurb via a Charles Robinson report that Mannion was rated as the No. 3 QB prospect by some, found out that the original dispatch wasn't as shocking as reality by half. We bag on Mannion for his immobility, his tendency to get flustered under pressure and his downright mediocrity in the three seasons Brandin Cooks wasn't destroying the Pac-12, but this report is potentially outstanding news for teams hoping Bryce Petty or Brett Hundley will drop to Round 3. We still have no idea how the QB class will shake out after Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota. Mannion, by the way, recently worked out for the Rams and Cowboys.
Apr 24 - 7:56 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah said Oregon State CB Steven Nelson is tough, instinctive and has good ball skills.

Jeremiah said Nelson is being knocked because of a lack of size. The 5-foot-10, 192-pound Nelson racked up 122 total tackles, eight interceptions and 16 pass breakups in his short OSU career. Jeremiah believes he's undervalued, and we would agree. We think he's worth a Round 3 pick.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 19 - 10:58 PM

A case can be made that Oregon State CB Steven Nelson "is the most underrated cornerback in this year's draft," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Pound for pound, he might be the toughest of this year's corners, showing equal tenacity and aggression against both the run and the pass," Rang wrote. "His instincts and quickness helped Nelson record 24 passes broken up in just two seasons of FBS play after signing with the Beavers as a highly regarded juco prospect." The 5-foot-10, 197-pound Nelson will continue to be knocked for his size, but he's a sure tackler and a heady player with ball skills.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 19 - 5:43 PM

NFL.com draft analyst Curtis Conway believes Oregon State QB Sean Mannion's pro-style experience makes him an undervalued draft commodity.

"He'll come in ahead of the game," said Conway, who also expressed attraction to Mannion's size (6-foot-6, 229). If you're a regular reader of this section, stop reading this blurb now, because we're about to assault the dead horse again. Simply put: Mannion is barely worth a late Day 3 pick. The immobile pocket passer only excelled in 2013, when Brandin Cooks was absolutely abusing Pac-12 corners. Mannion freaks out when things go wrong inside of structure, taking unnecessary sacks, forcing the ball to preliminary reads, or turning the ball over needlessly. He's going to be overdrafted.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 18 - 8:26 PM

The Rams are putting Oregon State QB Sean Mannion through a private workout on Friday, according to Ian Rapoport.

The Rams are among the teams that do not possess the top two picks who have expressed interest in quarterbacks via workouts and visits. Mannion recently worked out for the Cowboys. Mannion should not warrant more than a fifth round selection, but watch a team spend that type of selection on him.
Apr 17 - 10:58 AM

Oregon State CB Steven Nelson has had a combined 12 visits or workouts thus far.

We aren't aware of everywhere he's been, but the Browns, Steelers and Lions are three of the known destinations. Nelson did not miss a single tackle in 2014, part of the reason that we're high on him. We'd absolutely cosign a third-round investment.
Apr 16 - 4:02 PM

The Cowboys will put Oregon State QB Sean Mannion through a private workout, according to Ian Rapoport.

Mannion Mania, y'all. This news is on the heels of Joel Klatt ranking Mannion as the No. 3 quarterback in the draft, No. 50 overall and calling him the safest prospect at the position. We are amazed, as Mannion really struggles when pressured and does not have the ability to create on his own with movement in the pocket.
Apr 14 - 9:48 AM

Fox Sports' Joel Klatt believes Oregon State QB Sean Mannion is the "safest quarterback in the draft" and will be a second round pick.

"He is as smart as any young NFL QB or backup right now on the chalk board and his velocity is better than expected," Klatt writes. The former Colorado quarterback notes Mannion's 2014 season took a step back due to lost talent around him. We would note that Mannion does not have skills to compensate for things going wrong inside of structure, something Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota do possess. We would be surprised if Mannion is selected before the fourth round.
Source: Fox Sports
Apr 13 - 12:35 PM

Oregon State CB Steven Nelson did not miss a tackle in 2014, according to Pro Football Focus.

He is the only corner in this draft class to make that claim. "FSU’s P.J. Williams missed 18 total tackles, the most of any corner," writes Sam Monson. Nelson ranks highly on Josh Norris' board at No. 87 overall.
Apr 10 - 10:37 AM

Oregon State QB Sean Mannion is viewed as the No. 3 prospect at his position by some NFL personnel members, according to Charles Robinson.

Disgusting. "That was slightly surprising," Robinson writes. Mannion does check the box of being a tall quarterback, which is seemingly enough for some teams. He really, and we mean really, breaks down in a closing pocket and when pressured. Mannion also lacks mobility to find space to throw.
Apr 9 - 2:35 PM

Oregon State QB Sean Mannion would be a nice developmental pick for the Bears, noted NFL Media analyst Charles Davis.

Chicago will begrudgingly stick with Jay Cutler in 2015, but many feel they will tab a quarterback at some point in this month's draft. "Mannion has the look of an old-school QB with his over-the-top delivery and strong arm," Davis wrote. "He's tough-minded and has some experience playing in the elements coming out of the Pacific Northwest, which would serve him well late in the year in Chicago. If the Bears wanted to accelerate the change of the guard under center, Mannion has been trained in a pro-style offense and might adapt a little quicker than his colleagues coming out of spread systems." The immobile Mannion struggles with pressure and flopped when Brandin Cooks wasn't catching his throws in college.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 1 - 7:40 PM

Oregon State DE Obum Gwacham's "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," wrote NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

"Explosive athlete with only one year of experience at defensive end after transitioning from wide receiver," Zierlein wrote. "Gwacham lacks the functional strength to play the run and he's still in the infant stages of learning how to rush the passer." Gwacham ranks as the class' No. 10 edge rusher and compares to Willie Jefferson, according to the analyst. "This guy 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," said an NFC South area scout.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 30 - 11:32 PM

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


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