School: Oregon State
Combine measurements: 6-foot-6, 229 pounds.
Combine stats: 40 time: 5.14 seconds. Vertical jump: 31 inches. Broad jump: 8 feet, 9 inches. 3-cone drill: 7.29 seconds. 20-yard shuttle: 4.39 seconds.
Career stats: 1,187 of 1,838 (64.6 completion percentage), 13,600 yards, 7.4 yards per attempt, 83 TDs, 54 INTs, 135.8 passer rating.
Draft projection: Third-fourth round.
Lowdown: A four-year starter, Mannion holds 18 school records for the Beavers. A classic pocket passer, he played in a pro-style offense under coach Mike Riley, and has good footwork on three-, five- and seven-step drops. … Riley also trusted Mannion to call audibles at the line of scrimmage. When protected, Mannion is accurate with the ball and can lead his receivers. … He doe.sn’t protect the ball well, with 30 career fumbles and 54 interceptions. He has a tendency to make poor decisions with the ball in the face of pressure … An average athlete who won’t make many plays outside of the pocket.
They said it: “In the right environment, right situation surrounded by the right people, I think he can be a winning quarterback. … I think old-school offensive coordinators will like him.” – NFL Media columnist Bucky Brooks.
— Jay Skurski
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