Sean Mannion QB Oregon State #4
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Strengths: Build like a prototypical pocket passer. Comfortable standing in the pocket and taking a hit. Reads the defenses well and shows a knack for the anticipation throws. Can put some zip in the ball but also displays nice touch. Throws a catchable deep ball and does a nice job getting some loft under it. A very smart quarterback who takes whats given him and doesn’t try to do too much. Consistent mechanics.
Weaknesses: Limited mobility—he’s purely a pocket passer. Arm strength is adequate, but definitely a notch below the elite level. May struggle throwing downfield into tighter windows at the next level.
Overview: Mannion is a polished product entering his senior year and will likely be considered a viable option for a team looking for a starting quarterback in the 2015 draft class. However, what you see is what you get. His lack of mobility and strength limits his upside, which means he may not be seen as the type of quarterback teams want to build around. His ceiling as a prospect is likely as an Andy Dalton type, and if he doesn’t continue to progress he could fall more in the A.J. McCarron range and slide down some boards.