Beavs Mannion, Nelson picked in third round

QUARTERBACK SEAN MANNION WENT earlier in the NFL draft than most pundits had projected. Corner Steven Nelson went a few picks later.

Sean Mannion was selected with the 25th pick in the 3rd round (89th overall) by the St. Louis Rams on Friday in the 2015 National Football League Draft.

Steven Nelson was selected with the 34th pick in the 3rd round (98th overall) by the Kansas City Chiefs.

Last season, Mannion set the Pac-12 record with 13,600 career passing yards and broke virtually every passing record in Oregon State history. Twice earning Pac-12 Conference honorable mention, the four-year starter threw 83 touchdowns to set the OSU career mark and ranks seventh in conference history.

Mannion is the first OSU quarterback to be drafted since Sean Canfield was taken in the seventh round by the New Orleans Saints in 2010. He joins former Oregon State signal-callers Derek Anderson (Carolina Panthers) and Matt Moore (Miami Dolphins) in the NFL quarterback fraternity.

He is the 17th former OSU player taken by St. Louis and the first since the Rams selected offensive lineman Roy Schuening in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

Nelson earned Pac-12 All-Conference Second Team honors this past season recording 60 tackles, including 2.0 tackles-for-loss, two interceptions and eight passes broken up. The Warner Robins, Ga. native finished his two-year career at OSU with eight interceptions including a game-winning pick-six in the waning moments at San Diego State in 2013.

Nelson is the third Oregon State cornerback to be drafted in the last four years. He joins Brandon Hardin, who was taken as a safety by the Chicago Bears in the third round in 2012, and Jordan Poyer, who was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the seventh round in 2013.

He is just the fifth OSU player ever drafted by Kansas City and is the first since Gabe Miller was selected by the Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2011 draft.

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