- Cannon Arm Mannion has a cannon for an arm. Best arm for an Oregon State quarterback since Derek Anderson.
- Durability Rarely gets injured.
- Size Weighs 6-5 and 220-lbs.
- Football IQ Sean Mannion can play in any type of offense. Can run a balanced offense, west coast offense, vertical offense, or a shotgun spread offense.
- Accuracy Has the accuracy to make good throws to move the chains. Mannion can throw short, medium, and deep passes with precision when he has time in the pocket.
- Progressions Sean Mannion is really good at identifying progressions. After Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota, and Bryce Petty, I would say he is the best quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft at identifying progressions.
- Footwork Can take a 1 step, 3 step, 5 step, or 7 step drop before executing a throw. Displays the footwork of an NFL quarterback. Sometimes Mannion can throw on the run too.
- Production Can play in any type of offense. Was a 5 star recruit coming out of high school.
- Learning Rate Has not learned how to get rid of the ball quicker. Took 24 and 25 sacks in two seasons starting all 12 games. Took 12 sacks in a season where he split throws with backup quarterback.
- Awareness Has trouble recognizing where players on the secondary are. Has a tendency to throw into coverage.
- Intangibles Can complete passes with the short, medium, and deep passing game. Does not do this consistently. Often struggles when pressured by opposing defenses.
- Turnover Machine Has thrown 13 interceptions or more in each of his 3 seasons as a starter.
- Had An Outstanding Supporting Cast In 2012, Mannion had Markus Wheaton to throw to. In 2013, he had Brandin Cooks, the 2013 Billetnikoff Award Winner.
- Did Poorly Against Tough Opponents Oregon State started 6-1 before losing 5 in a row to end the season. Heading into the home game with USC, Mannion had a 69.1 completion percentage with an FBS best 3,071 passing yards, and an FBS 30 passing touchdowns and 3 interceptions. He ended the season with a 66.3 completion percentage and 37 passing touchdowns. Mannion also threw 12 more interceptions in November after such a dominant September and October.
One example was his home game against the USC Trojans. His only passing touchdown came on a Brandin Cooks reception where the Trojans’ CB blew his assignment in coverage.
Mannion threw into triple coverage multiple times. He went 0 for 7 on third down conversions.
Mannion threw three interceptions versus the Trojans’. The Oregon State signal-caller threw two of those three interceptions in the fourth quarter.
- Potential NFL quarterbacks do not get benched as sophomore redshirts. NFL Quarterbacks do not do well the first two months only to fizzle in November and December.
Player Comparison: Sean Mannion reminds me of former Oregon State quarterback Derek Anderson. I feel like that is what you are getting if you take Mannion in round 2 of the NFL Draft in 2015.
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