Blessed with prototypical size (6’5″ 215 lbs.), an extremely strong throwing arm and having a fairly accurate arm (64.6 completion percentage), Oregon State Beavers quarterback Sean Mannion has the tools to be a great. His Junior season will telling. If he develops into a solid quarterback by reducing his number of interceptions, he could start moving up prospect boards.
In two years, Mannion has thrown for 5,774 yards with 31 touchdowns and 31 interceptions. If Mannion throws for another 3,000 yard passing year with 20 touchdown passes and ideally less than 10 interceptions, he will get draft experts to look at him as a mid-round prospect if he were to come out as a Junior. However, if he stays all four years and progresses each of the next two years, he could become a second round pick. That being said, he would likely not be able to start day one as an NFL quarterback.
What will hurt Mannion greatly will be losing speedy wide receiver Markus Wheaton to the pros this year, but that’s a part of college football. If the Beavers have a solid recruiting class, the transition will be seamless as it is for most teams. One standout incoming freshman is Hunter Jarmon, a 6′ 1″ 190 lb. wide receiver that is being described as slippery, has a long build and isn’t afraid of going over the middle. One can only hope that Mannion and Jarmon can build a solid relationship over the next two years as it would be beneficial to both parties.