- Oregon State's top NFL Draft-eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 1. QB Sean Mannion, RS Senior...Reportedly given a third round grade from the NFL Advisory Committee after a record-breaking junior season, Mannion elected to return to Corvalis for a final year of college football before joining former Riley pupils Derek Anderson, Matt Moore and Sean Canfield in the NFL. Mannion is similar in many ways to Anderson and Canfield. He sports an NFL-caliber frame, has the arm to make every throw and is a classic drop-back passer with limited mobility. When he feels secure in the pocket and has the time to step into his throws correctly, Mannion's touch on intermediate and vertical passes is as impressive as any quarterback in the country. He lofts the ball with perfect trajectory over the shoulder of his receivers and allows them to go get it, demonstrating pinpoint accuracy to lead his target away from defenders.
Mannion has an easy, natural throwing motion and he's well-versed in Riley's pro-style offense, which asks him to take snaps from under center as well as from the gun. While he can drive the ball when needed, it cruises, rather than explodes out of his hand. The result is that Mannion's passes look effort-less but there is some question as to whether he has the top-notch velocity to significantly boost his stock this season. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com