Sean Mannion’s prolonged wait to be drafted by St. Louis Rams ends with celebration

May 2, 2015 - photo frame

SILVERTON —  For scarcely 4 hours Friday, as afternoon incited to evening, Sean Mannion sat on a cot sensitively while surrounded by about 15 friends and family during his parents’ home.

He guzzled Starbucks coffee, Gatorade and H2O and munched on coffee cake. With his cellphone possibly glued to his path or his hand, a former Oregon State quarterback kept his eyes sealed on a mounted flat-screen radio incited to ESPN’s coverage of Day 2 of a NFL draft.

Then during around 7:45 p.m., Mannion stood. His phone buzzed. Though he did not commend a series with a Missouri area formula lighting adult his screen, he had a plain theory during who was on a other end.

It was St. Louis Rams ubiquitous manager Les Snead and manager Jeff Fisher, seeking Mannion if he’d like to turn a franchise’s newest member.

And with that, Mannion became a initial former Beaver comparison in a 2015 NFL draft, going in a third turn and 89th overall.

“It’s usually starting to strike me, really,” Mannion pronounced about 30 mins after being selected. “It all happened so fast. You’re watchful for we don’t know how long. You’re usually waiting, waiting, waiting. And afterwards unexpected we get a call, and you’re an NFL player.”

Mannion felt a seductiveness from a Rams from a commencement of a pre-draft process. He had a grave talk with a organisation during a NFL Scouting Combine in Feb and after a private examination in Corvallis with Snead, Fisher, descent coordinator Frank Cignetti and quarterbacks manager Chris Weinke.

“If we would have asked me who was meddlesome during any point, they would have been during a tip of a list,” Mannion pronounced of a Rams. ” … It was a kind of thing where they seemed unequivocally meddlesome a whole time, and during each connection where we was means to work with them, we felt like we did unequivocally well. Now it comes to fruition, so it’s exciting.”

Mannion now joins a authorization that recently traded former No. 1 altogether collect Sam Bradford for associate Pac-12 product Nick Foles, who is entrance off 3 prolific seasons with a Philadelphia Eagles. The Rams also have some intriguing immature descent talent, including former Georgia using behind Todd Gurley who was drafted 10th altogether Thursday.

And in Mannion, a Rams accept a quarterback who put together a record-breaking collegiate career. He’s a Pac-12’s all-time flitting personality (13,600 yards) and owns OSU’s career outlines in execution commission (64.6) and touchdown passes (83).

A prototypical slot passer, Mannion has been lauded for his 6-foot-5, 230-pound frame, clever arm and football smarts, though knocked for his miss of athleticism. He worked diligently on improving his footwork inside and outward a slot while training with private manager Jordan Palmer before a draft, and showed that off during an considerable scripted throwing event during OSU’s Pro Day in March.

Mannion was a fourth quarterback drafted and a second to go off a house on Day 2. After Florida State’s Jameis Winston and Oregon’s Marcus Mariota were predictably comparison initial and second altogether on Thursday, Colorado State’s Garrett Grayson went progressing in a third turn (75th overall) to a New Orleans Saints. Mannion went forward of Baylor’s Bryce Petty and UCLA’s Brett Hundley, who were both noticed as aloft prospects according to some breeze pundits. 

Mannion was also a initial of two Beavers drafted late in a third round, as cornerback Steven Nelson went to Kansas City with a second-to-last collect of a night (98th overall).

After unresolved adult a call with Snead and Fisher, a room pressed with Mannion’s desired ones cheered. Girlfriend Megan Lopez wrapped her arms around Mannion’s neck. Mannion afterwards stood to cuddle his father, John, and his mother, Inga — who incidentally missed her son picking adult a phone since she was holding out a trash.

Minutes later, they all watched Mannion’s name cocktail adult on a radio as a Rams’ preference and that post-call greeting promote behind to them, interjection to a ESPN camera parked in a dilemma of a vital room to constraint one of a happiest moments of a family’s life. Smiles and cheers continued while guru Mel Kiper called Mannion “the many intelligent quarterback in a draft” as highlights of his OSU career rolled. By 8:24 p.m., Mannion’s phone had been flooded with 68 content messages.

Under his breath, Mannion spoken it was all value a wait.

Then, as ESPN bending a microphone onto Mannion for an interview, his phone buzzed again.

“There’s a Missouri series on a other line,” Mannion told a producer. “I consider it’s a Rams. Can we call we back?”

Mannion darted out of a room to margin questions on a discussion call with a internal media in St. Louis before returning inside to, finally, film that ESPN spot. The family collected on a cot for a organisation photo, afterwards headed out to a backyard to light a glow array in celebration.

By then, Mannion had already altered into a navy blue Rams T-shirt, an object he perceived during his mix interview.

It’s coincidentally a usually shirt featuring a trademark of an NFL organisation he now owns — and now, a usually one he’ll need for a foreseeable future.

“I guess,” Mannion said, “it’s predestine or something like that.” 

Gina Mizell | @ginamizell

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