It was a record-breaking year at Oregon State for quarterback Sean Mannion in 2013. He threw for 4,662 yards, 37 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions with a 66.3 percent completion percentage. Mannion is the top prospect on Oregon State’s roster after receiving third round grades from the NFL Draft advisory board a year ago, and with another good season in 2014, he could boost that up even higher.
Currently, Mannion is ranked in the top five of most pre-season quarterback rankings and is certainly among the top five in senior quarterbacks.
At 6’5″ 225 pounds, he’s got a great build for an NFL quarterback but isn’t as mobile as you’d like in today’s game. He can make every throw, which is either a slight to his arm strength or meaning that he has just enough to be a solid NFL caliber prospect. You make that decision. One of his greatest assets is the touch he is able to put on passes.
He is coming from a pro-style offense at Oregon State, and as an essential four-year starter in that regard, NFL scouts will have plenty of tape to dive into when it comes to this kid. They’ll be able to see his trajectory, his overall potential and growth, and how he has adapted to changing top receivers every year.
Here’s a cutup of Mannion from the great folks at Draft Breakdow. You can see all of his prospect videos here.
Mannion will be one of the best QBs in the country this year but he needs to show he’s got the velocity to be a first round caliber quarterback if that’s his aim. If not, I think the draft advisory board’s projection will hold true. This is a solid day two draft pick right now and a guy who has room to grow, even after having played four years of high level college ball.