Could the Rams’ Sean Mannion make an impact this season?
The St. Louis Rams drafted QB Sean Mannion out of Oregon State with the 89th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. At 6’6″ and 229 lbs, Mannion possesses the perfect size to compete as a quarterback in the NFL.
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The Rams’ currently have four quarterbacks on the roster that include Nick Foles, Austin Davis, Case Keenum, and Mannion. As a rookie, Mannion currently sits at the bottom of the depth chart.
Will the rookie be able to back up Nick Foles in his first year? Mike Mayock of the NFL Network gave his opinion of Mannion before the NFL Draft.
"“Mannion reminds me a little bit of Mike Glennon. He throws with anticipation and timing, but he has to quicken the process a little bit.” — Mike Mayock"
During his 2014 season at Oregon State, Mannion threw for 3,164 yards. He completed 62.3 percent of his passes, and threw for a mere 15 touchdowns. His senior season at Oregon State was the worst of his college career.
One key attribute for the Rams’ selection of Sean Mannion was his ability to play from under center. During his four years at Oregon State, he played in a pro style offense that should translate over into the NFL nicely.
If Mannion is able to play like he did during his junior season at Oregon State, then he may be able to leap frog in to the back up QB spot behind Foles.
We’re one month away from the first preseason game in Oakland, and it will be fun to see who earns the backup quarterback spot. Rams’ fans will surely enjoy the competitive battle at the quarterback position.