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A few minutes with OSU QB Sean Canfield

Post by Eric Williams on Feb. 26, 2010 at 11:38 am with 16 Comments »
February 26, 2010 11:38 am
Sean Canfield, Oregon State QB (Bruce Ely, The Oregonian)

Oregon State quarterback Sean Canfield is not your average, left-handed quarterback. He writes, eats and golfs right handed. He kicks right footed. But he plays ping pong, bowls and plays tennis left handed.

“I’m pretty weird,” Canfield said.

But NFL scouts here are only concerned with how he throws the ball.

Canfield said he’s heard he could selected anywhere from second round to fifth round. He said he talked to the Seahawks at the Senior Bowl, and is scheduled to talk to team representatives again on Saturday.

One thing Canfield would like to improve on is his perceived lack of arm strength, which is something scouts begin to question after his Senior Bowl performance.

“I’ve never doubted my arm strength,” he said. “I’ve always considered myself to have a pretty strong arm. And so I think showing that off on Sunday will be big for me.”

Canfield comes from a pro-style offense ran by Mike Riley at Oregon State, so that should help with his transition to the pros. And he also took about 60 percent of his snaps under center during his career at Oregon State.

Canfield said he got an opportunity to work with Oregon State products and NFL quarterbacks Derek Anderson and Matt Moore when they would return to Corvallis, Ore. for off-season workouts.

“I think it’s kind of a mental thing,” Canfield said about working out with Anderson and Moore. “You see a guy come back from the NFL and you see the way they act. They’re doing the same stuff you’re doing, and so you kind of realize there just people.”

Canfield measured in at 6-foot-3 ¾, 223 pounds. He said playing in the Pac-10 helped in terms of the team speed he faced week-in and week-out.

“I think what separates the Pac-10 is speed,” he said. “I think the Big-12 and SEC gets a lot of media notoriety every year, and I think the Pac-10 has come a long ways in playing with a fast tempo. So making quick decisions, again, with a league that’s very fast and has a lot of talented, fast players has kind of prepared me for this.”

And with high-profile quarterbacks like Sam Bradford, Jimmy Clausen, Tim Tebow and Colt McCoy opting not to throw at the workouts, Canfield will have a chance to turn a few heads this week during on-field workouts.

“I want to show off what I have. I have nothing to hide,” Canfield said. “I know a lot of guys have caught some flack for not wanting to throw or whatever the case, but I’ve never been a guy who would not want to do something like that. The only thing that I won’t do is bench, but throwing is something that I love to do. And I want to show off that arm strength.”

Canfield’s stats from his senior season are pretty impressive. He threw for 3,271 yards, 21 touchdowns and just seven interceptions, finishing with a 67.9 completion percentage.

NFL Draft
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  1. That’s an interesting thought…we go with a left handed QB then all of a sudden a guy like Okung doesn’t make quite as much sense at LT with our top pick. Locklear does a pretty good job at RT so one of our OL problems goes away rather quickly.

  2. Isnt Lienart a lefty as well? So Carrol has some experience with this.

  3. Dukeshire says:

    Iupati had 27 bench reps today, Bulaga had 26 and Okung had 36. With as long as his arm are that’s really impressive. (I caught this just as I turned the TV on so I hope I have the numbers exactly right.) Arkansas G Mitch Petrus set the combine record today with 45. 45! Dear god. On that not I’m heading to the gym, lol.

    Eric, doing a great job so far. Thank you and keep it up!

  4. langfordhawk says:

    My draftboard plays out like this:
    I believe we have to take the highest rated player left at 6. I’m sure Suh and McCoy will be gone (barring showing up on a police blotter somewhere..) but if Berry or Okung are left at 6….gotta take him.
    There is no Big Walt in this draft and probably not in the next 20. If the next 6-8 tackles are rated about the same, I think it’s best to wait until #40.
    Duke, I agree with you and lots of others that trading out of 6 or 14 and picking up an extra would be of great benefit, but I too think we wont find a dance partner.

  5. Although it’s a longshot, we could still sign Jahri Evans and Jammal Brown without giving up any draft picks. A deal still can get done. Not likely; but possible. Having a LT like Brown (who could dominate at RT if Walt made a miraculous recovery) and RG like Evans revolutionizes our OL and we could focus on playmakers in the draft. You can bet the Saints/Chargers don’t want this, but crap teams like us sure could use it!

  6. langfordhawk says:

    But Bobby;
    Aren’t Evans and Brown restricted FA’s meaning either would cost us a 1st and 3rd?

  7. Not if there is a CBA by next week. Then they will be free with no draft picks as compensation (but will cost a heck of a lot of $).

  8. langfordhawk says:

    Although I live by the mantra that you can’t believe everything on the www, here is a site that explains who is available:

    Most of the unrestricted FA’s are well into their 30’s. I wonder if that’s the way to re-build…

  9. langfordhawk says:

    I would LOVE to get Evans, but an agreement by next week????

  10. Like I said, it’s a longshot.

  11. Dukeshire says:

    langfordhawk – In the spirit of fairness, I actually have never been a proponent of trading out of 6 or 14. While I would love a 3rd round pick, I want them to stay where they are in the 1st.

  12. Soggybuc says:

    I’ve soured on the idea of trading out as well. while we might have a top 10 pick next year we need to have the mentality that we will be drafting 20 or higher for the next decade and should grab the studs while we can.

    rumor has it that SD is coveting Jahvid Best as thier first rounder. I was really hoping he would fall to us at 40.

  13. Dukeshire who do we have that could be used as trade bait?
    From what they are saying they are going to keep Branch.What could we get for Wallace?Not sure it would be a 3rd who else is there?

  14. Dukeshire says:

    Honestly, I don’t think there’s much that they’d feel comfortable trading away. Maybe Hill? Other that draft picks, it will be very difficult, agreed.

  15. All I know is that there are plenty of busts every year. The only way to increase the odds of getting a good player is to get more picks. The more picks you have the better your odds of actually getting someone good (unless we can get Suh, then I won’t care if we trade picks away). So I am all for trading down as often as possible.

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