Finding Broncos: Sean Mannion, QB

In the latest edition of Finding Broncos, MHH Analyst Erick Trickel takes a look at another quarterback. This time it is Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion. Just what is thought of Mannion and his fit with the Broncos?

Sean Mannion, Quarterback, Oregon State


Height: 6-foot-6

Wight: 229 pounds

Arm Length: 33-1/2 inches

Hand Size: 9 inches

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NFL Combine Results

40-yard Dash: 5.14

10-yd Split: 1.87

3 Cone Drill: 7.29

Shuttle Run: 4.39

Vertical Jump: 31 inches

Broad Jump: 8-feet-9 inches

Bench Press (225 lbs): N/A

Career Statistics

2014: 282/453 (62.3%) | 3164 Yards | 15 TDs, 8 INTs

2013: 400/604 (66.3%) | 4662 Yards | 37 TDs, 15 INTs

2012: 200/309 (64.7%) | 2446 Yards | 15 TDs, 13 INTs (9 Games)

2011: 305/473 (62.3%) | 3164 Yards | 16 TDs, 18 INTs


Sean Mannion has the frame of an NFL quarterback and a strong arm (can make NFL caliber throws) to go with it. He does a solid job of sensing pressure and avoiding it in the pocket and stepping into throws.

He played in a pro-style offense that saw him take snaps both under center and out of the gun. He has plenty of college experience to back him as he transitions to the NFL and was a four-year starter for Oregon State. Has the height to see over the offensive line and the defense. Both his footwork and throwing motion are solid. Has a high pre-snap football IQ.


While he does have a strong arm and is able to make NFL throws, he does not put enough velocity on the ball at times. He also has questionable accuracy, as he put the ball in an undesired position far too often.

Luckily, he got bailed out by receivers a lot. He's an immobile quarterback who will sit in the pocket and isn’t a risk to take off running. He doesn’t always keep his eyes down-field and shifts them to the rushers and proceeds to make horrendous throws.

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While he does have solid footwork and throwing motion, it is far from NFL-caliber. He carries the ball too low and has a long windup, which helped cause 30 fumbles and 54 interceptions. He has questionable IQ and decision making when the ball is in his hands. Mannion is a rhythmic quarterback, who gets lost when you disrupt the rhythm.

How he fits with the Denver Broncos

Sean Mannion is not an early round quarterback, but a mid-late round quarterback. Most project him to go in the fifth round, or later. I, however, have him as a priority free agent quarterback, but wouldn’t look his way if I were the Broncos. His frame is great, but most of everything else is just questionable, at best.

If the Broncos do look his way, it would be as competition for the third quarterback spot and a multi-year project for Gregg Knapp, Rick Dennison and Gary Kubiak. One comparison I have seen for Mannion is Matt Schaub, who was mostly successful with the Houston Texans when coached by Gary Kubiak. Even after multiple years of working with Mannion, he likely would be a career backup and emergency starter in the NFL, even for the Broncos.

This year’s NFL Draft is very weak for quarterbacks and because of that, it is hard to figure out where the value lies. In the case of Mannion, drafting him is poor value. He was a solid college quarterback, but that does not always transitions to the NFL game. If the Broncos are looking to draft a quarterback, there are better options and better value they can find in the draft than Sean Mannion.

Erick Trickel in an Analyst for MileHighHuddle. You can find him on Twitter @Alaskan_Bronco. And be sure to like MileHighHuddle on Facebook.

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