|New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton on Sean Canfield|
Former Oregon State QB Sean Canfield was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the seventh round with the No. 239 pick in the NFL draft Saturday. He was the 14th QB taken, and only OSU player taken this year. LB Keaton Kristick was the only other prospect.
Here’s the full story in Sunday’s GT. It expands on what’s here with an interview with Canfield.
Canfield, a left-hander, joins the club that won the last Super Bowl. The Saints have a veteran quarterback in Drew Brees for Canfield to learn from.
Also on the roster is Chase Daniel, the former Missouri quarterback the Beavers saw in the 2006 Sun Bowl.
Canfield is a prototype quarterback who can make the all the throws the NFL could want. His arm strength as has been questioned when he needs to zip the ball into a tight space.
However, he had plenty to lead the Beavers to two bowl games, the 2007 Emerald Bowl and 2009 Las Vegas Bowl.
Canfield progressed each of his five years with the Beavers, and overcame a throwing shoulder injury that required surgery that kept him out most of his junior season.
His senior season was one of the best in the nation with a 68-percent completion rate with 3,271 passing yards, 21 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Canfield started 24 games at OSU and ranks fourth in school career passing yards with 5,970 and touchdowns with 38. He was the first OSU quarterback to be first-team All-Pacific-10 Conference.
This is the 10th straight year the Beavers had a player drafted. He’s the first quarterback drafted since Derek Anderson in 2005 when he was picked in the sixth round by the Baltimore Ravens.
When Canfield reports to camp he’ll be the third OSU quarterback in the NFL. Matt Moore is the projected starter with the Carolina Panthers and Anderson enters his first season with the Arizona Cardinals.