6'5 220 (Senior)
22 years of age
40 Time (4.91)
Sean Mannion is the captain and leader of the top 25 Oregon St. Beavers and is looking to win his first Pac-12 title and bring the school back to national prominence in his senior season.
Before the 6'5 quarterback started his Oregon St career he played his high school football at Foothill HS in Pleasanton, Ca. Mannion was a three star quarterback and threw for 27 touchdowns to 12 interceptions and 3,251 yards. Mannion also lettered in baseball and basketball as well as being a top QB in the state of California.
Mike Riley the OSU head coach got an extension of the coaching staff as soon as Mannion walked through the doors and since his freshman his skills and football IQ have gotten tremendously better. Mannion was red-shirted in 2010 but in 2011 took over for the Beavers starting 10 games out of 12,he threw for 16 touchdowns to 18 int's with over 3,000 yards but OSU went 3-9 for the season. Over the next two years and counting Mannion has a win loss record of (18-10) and has accounted for 7,736 yards, 56 touchdowns and 29 int's with a 63.5 completion %.
Mannion is often forgotten and undervalued, but he is a projected franchise QB and a legit Heisman candidate this year, yes even without Wheaton and Cooks. The northern California native and the Beavers will be a force to be reckon with this season.
Here are the positives on Sean Mannion at the next level, his ability to push the ball vertically down field is number one. Mannion has one of the strongest arms in the entire draft class and whether it's 15 outs in the rain or the 35 yards deep ball to get you in field goal range Mannion can make the throw with his pure arm strength. The second trait that will help Mannion in the NFL is his field vision and height included. Mannion, stands at 6'5 on the dot and that will in fact help him move through his progressions quicker in either the pro style under center offense or at shotgun. Lastly, Mannion is a 22 year old fifth year senior, with 4 years of starter experience for a former NFL coach, the NFL front office-men and scouts will love that times a million.
What Mannion will need to work on is something else scouts look for in a QB, footwork. While Sean Mannion won't ever be mistaken for the "other" Oregon QB Marcus Mariota in speed or quickness foot-speed is still important. Tom Brady is a perfect example he has all the mechanics and footwork to need to succeed for a QB that lacks speed. Last knock on Mannion you will here from NFL scouts besides the slow and sloppy footwork is his ability to make throws under pressure, I've talked to two scouts that both told me identical things "he must get the ball out quicker". He either holds on to the ball too long and gets sacked (25 last year) or throws a pick staring down wide-outs, that will kill your career as a franchise QB at the next level.
QB Scouting Report Scale
Arm Strength- 9
Under Pressure- 8
Pocket Presence- 8
Decision Making- 8
Overall Grade- 7.9
I currently give Sean Mannion a late 1st round - mid 2nd round grade for the 2015 NFL Draft. Oregon St has some huge games versus Stanford, USC, Washington and Oregon where he and the Beavers are on the national spotlight, those will be big factors on determining where he goes next May. My NFL comparison for Mannion at the next level is Carson Palmer.
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