Where will Sean Mannion go in NFL draft?

TRYING TO FIGURE out the variables in the NFL draft to determine where someone will be taken is a formidable task but for the stat-lovers, here's one to ponder: According to ESPN, since the start of 2013, Sean Mannion has thrown 27 of his 52 touchdown passes when facing five or more pass-rushers. His 27 touchdowns trail only Jameis Winston during that span among Power 5 quarterbacks.

ESPN follows that up by noting Sean Mannion’s statistics across the board regressed from his junior to senior season and ask if his stats were inflated by having a stud wide receiver, Brandin Cooks, at his disposal.

Most of the internet gurus out there are projecting Sean Mannion to go somewhere between rounds four and six.

The Dallas News’ Brandon George says if the Cowboys decide to take a quarterback, Mannion is one of the four they'll look for as a late-round value pick.

"The Cowboys are starting to put together a plan to find an eventual replacement for Tony Romo. They want to take a quarterback soon to start to develop. Bryce Petty certainly fits that mold, but I think he'll be off the board before the Cowboys would use a pick on a QB. My feeling for it is they wait one more year before drafting a quarterback unless one just continues to fall in the draft late this time around.. But if the Cowboys do go after a QB this year, keep your eye on Petty, Oregon State's Sean Mannion and UCLA's Brett Hundley ... and Georgia's Hutson Mason," he says.

Four quarterbacks are tightly bunched in Scout Inc.'s rankings between 87th and 115th: Bryce Petty, Garrett Grayson, Brett Hundley and Mannion.

Meanwhile, everyone agrees the draft is light on quarterbacks but NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah says it's flat out poor in terms of talent and that after the first two QBs go, he wouldn't take one until the fifth round.

"We have two starting quarterbacks in Winston and Mariota, and the rest of these guys are long-term backups," said Jeremiah.

Rotoworld's Josh Norris in his latest mock draft sees Cleveland taking Mannion in the sixth round. But he doesn't sound very enthused about it.

"Round 6 (189): QB Sean Mannion, Oregon State - Who knows when the Browns will try to add to their quarterback group. Mannion is getting some attention from big draft evaluators, but I think it is undeserved. He really struggles when dealing with pressure and makes horrendous decisions in confined space or when hit. And he has limited mobility to create space to throw."

The NFL draft runs from April 30 - May 2.

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