Sean Mannion to Rams: Twitter Reacts as QB Is Selected in 2015 NFL Draft

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistMay 1, 2015

Quarterback Sean Mannion takes part in a passing drill during during Oregon State's NFL football Pro Day, Friday March 13, 2015, in Corvallis, Ore. (AP Photo/Timothy J. Gonzalez)
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A four-year starter at Oregon State, Sean Mannion has a treasure trove of film to go along with his prototypical size and understanding of NFL-style systems, and the St. Louis Rams must have liked what they saw as they made him the 90th overall pick on Friday.

Mannion Drafted by Rams with 90th Pick

Friday, May 1

The NFL announced the Rams pick. Patrick Daugherty of Rotoworld supplied draft analyst Mel Kiper's take on Mannion:

Patrick Daugherty @RotoPat

First thing Mel Kiper says about Sean Mannion: "Son of a coach. Gym rat. Studies tape. Leads by example." Fun. #FisherBall

Josh Norris of NBC Sports reported Chris Mortensen's lofty praise:

Josh Norris @JoshNorris

"Some people have called him a poor man's Peyton Manning," Mort on #MannionMania.

Tom Pelissero of USA Today noted that Mannion's offense may have helped where he was selected:

Tom Pelissero @TomPelissero

Maybe not coincidence that Garrett Grayson and Sean Mannion, who played in pro-leaning offenses, went before Brett Hundley and Bryce Petty.

Mannion enters the draft as one of the most decorated signal-callers in Pac-12 history. He has the conference record for passing yards, holds 18 different Oregon State passing marks and sits high on a number of NCAA all-time lists. Overall, Mannion threw for 13,600 yards and 83 touchdowns against 54 interceptions for his career.

Daugherty also supplied a potential issue for Mannion:

Patrick Daugherty @RotoPat

Sean Mannion had *54* picks in college. Fumbled 30 times. He sounds up Austin Davis and Case Keenum's alley.

While his senior campaign helped him set those marks, it arguably wound up hurting his draft stock. As a junior, Mannion threw for 4,662 yards and 37 touchdowns against 15 interceptions in a breakout campaign. Some expected him to enter the draft after receiving a third-round grade from the NFL's advisory board. 

Instead, Mannion returned and saw his senior campaign marred by bouts of effectiveness. His numbers dipped in nearly every major category, and Oregon State failed to make a bowl game for the first time since his freshman year.

Now, Mannion will be hoping his physical traits allow him to sneak into the end of Day 2. Listed at 6'6" and 229 pounds, he more than looks the part under center. When given time, he can be downright surgical picking his spots down the field, and his experience in former head coach Mike Riley's system gives him a mental leg up on most young quarterbacks.

“I felt great in our offense,” Mannion said, per Bill O'Hare of Bills.com. “We did a lot of stuff from under center, different personnel groupings, different protections, run-actions, that type of stuff. It was all great for me as a player. I can’t speak for what that may or may not do for me in comparison to the other guys, but I feel great in the offense. I think it can show what I do at the next level.”

Issues arise when Mannion is asked to add an extra element. He is not the limberest quarterback in this class and lost more than 800 yards rushing during his college career (most of which were sack-related). 

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