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.
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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.