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Oregon State HC Gary Andersen called his QB competition "1A versus 1B."

It is a common line coaches use, especially ones who lost quarterbacks to the NFL. Andersen is beginning his first season with Oregon State after moving from Wisconsin. The two quarterbacks in the competition are Seth Collins and Nick Mitchell, although Andersen did point out Marcus McMaryion.
Source: OC Register
May 17 - 1:14 PM

ESPN's Ted Miller predicts Oregon State freshman QB Seth Collins will star as a true frosh.

The 6-foot-3, 186-pound Collins was only a three-star recruit, but he has already impressed the coaching staff with a big vacancy after Sean Mannion graduated to the NFL. He isn't much like Mannion. Collins is a dual-threat who threw for 1,013 yards with a 12/5 TD/INT ration and 988 rushing yards and 17 scores as a senior in high school.
Source: ESPN.com
May 11 - 11:05 PM

Oregon State redshirt freshman CB Dashon Hunt has retired from football due to spinal stenosis.

Hunt played in seven games last season after redshirting in 2013. The former four-star recruit was expected to compete for a full time gig. Spinal stenosis has popped up a number of times in football discussions, some continue their playing careers and others don't.
May 5 - 9:51 AM

Seahawks selected Oregon State DB Ryan Murphy with the No. 248 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

The Seahawks love using picks this late on athletic upside. Murphy was not on the draftnik radar, but stands 6-foot-1, 214 and ran 4.48 with a 39-inch vertical and 10-foot-5 broad jump at the Beavers' Pro Day. Murphy played free safety at Oregon State, but we wouldn't be surprised if Seattle tried to turn him into a press corner. He's a developmental project.
May 2 - 6:24 PM

Seahawks selected Oregon State DE Obum Gwacham with the No. 209 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Gwacham (6'5/246) played receiver, slotback and special teams in his first three college seasons before converting to defensive end as a senior, posting four sacks. Gwacham also competed for Oregon State's track team in the triple and high jumps. He ran 4.72 with a 36-inch vertical and 10-foot-1 broad jump at the Combine. Gwacham has a great head on his shoulders and intriguing tools, but will be a 24-year-old rookie and may max out as a special teamer who only dabbles as a passing-down specialist. He's a poor run defender and lacks pass-rush moves.
May 2 - 4:53 PM

Chiefs selected Oregon State LB D.J. Alexander with the No. 172 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Alexander, who stands 6'2/233 lbs, is one of the top athletes at linebacker in this class. He recorded a 4.54 forty with a 6.97 3-cone and 10-foot plus broad jump. Alexander does have neck surgery on his record, but made 32 career starts while at Oregon State.
May 2 - 3:28 PM

Chiefs selected Oregon State CB Steven Nelson with the No. 98 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Nelson (5'10/197) spent two seasons in the Pac-12 after transferring from JUCO, piling up eight INTs and earning second-team All Conference as a senior. Nelson primarily played zone coverage in college, but flashed man-cover skills when given exposures. He shut down Nelson Agholor (3-27-0) in 2014 and gave Jaelen Strong fits. CFF also charted Nelson with zero missed tackles last season. Fast (4.49) but not especially twitchy or agile, Nelson best projects as a zone corner in the Alterraun Verner mold. The Chiefs play press, so Nelson figures to end up as a slot cover man who initially focuses on special teams.
May 1 - 11:19 PM

Rams selected Oregon State QB Sean Mannion with the No. 89 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Mannion (6'6/229) was a 43-game starter for coach Mike Riley, wrapping his career with an 83:54 TD-to-INT ratio and 64.6 completion rate. He set 18 school passing records. A turnover machine in college, Mannion's high interception totals are an obvious concern, and he fumbled 30 times in four seasons. Mannion has experience making full-field reads in Riley's pro-style-ish offense, but his arm talent is below starter quality and his performance dipped sharply under pressure. Bright (40 Wonderlic) and the son of a coach, Mannion best projects as a long-term clipboard holder who would likely struggle in extended playing time.
May 1 - 11:00 PM

Oregon State QB Sean Mannion was compared by an NFL scout to Derek Anderson.

Anderson came out of Oregon State a decade ago. "Long, slow delivery," the scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "He's everybody's backup. This kid is so smart, he's playing to every bit of his ability." We've never liked Mannion, but this strikes us as a realistic assessment of his upside. Another scout speaking to the MJS skewed to what we perceive to be the unrealistic pole of Mannion's evaluation. "He spins a really good deep ball," he said. "He's very accurate and incredibly smart (Wonderlic of 40). People will knock him because of his 40 time, but he's got good enough feet to move around and slide in the pocket. I just like his presence."
Apr 29 - 1:12 PM

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


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