April 24, 2010

Sean Canfield, quarterback, Oregon State

Sean Canfield, quarterback, Oregon State - 239th overall pick (7th round)
6'4, 223, 5.01 40

The Saints wrapped up their draft with big lefty west coast passer Sean Canfield late in the seventh round, the 16th-to-last pick of the draft.

At Oregon State, Canfield backed up Carolina starting QB Matt Moore as a redshirt freshman.  In 2007, he won the job and started nine games before suffering a Brees-like labrum injury in his throwing shoulder that required offseason surgery.  The injury kept him out until midway through his redshirt junior season, resulted in weight gain and the loss of his starting job to Lyle Moevao in 2008.

In 2009, a healthy Canfield showed up fit and ready to lead.  The Beavers' senior team captain started all 13 games in OSU's complex, pro-style offense and threw 21 TD's and only seven picks, completing 67.9% of his passes, leading his team to an 8-5 record.

Canfield appeared in games all four years as a Beaver but attempted more than half his career passes as a senior, when his numbers were far better.  He emerged from his 2007 injury as a completely different player.  A lefty thrower, Canfield is ambidextrous who writes with his right hand.  Performed well in two huge games as a senior, throwing 30/43, 329, 3TDs 0INT against USC and 21/29, 185, 4TDs 0INT against Washington, though his team lost to USC.  Struggled badly against BYU in the windy Las Vegas Bowl: 19/40, 168, 0TD 1INT 1RushTD.

Not a threat to run, Canfield is a pocket passer with good accuracy under 20 yards and decent touch.  Canfield's mechanics are excellent - his motion and release point are well-coached.  Rarely going downfield, Canfield reads progressions well and dumps off short.  He can throw a nice deep ball with a clean pocket around him.  Play action worked well with the threat of star runningback Jacquizz Rodgers.

Good football intelligence gets washed out by stress - pocket pressure gets to Canfield's head. Inexperienced - Canfield has played only 9 games against ranked opponents, and has thrown only 7 TDs to 11INTs in those games.  Three of those TDs were against an overrated #7 USC team in 2009.

Canfield is a project and no lock to make the team - he'll compete with Chase Daniel, an undrafted rookie from 2009.  Daniel and Canfield will likely compete for the #3 job behind a veteran free agent quarterback to be added very soon.  Neither has a shot at winning the primary backup job, and Daniel has a big leg up having spent 2009 on the practice squad.

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