Canfield drafted by Saints in seventh round

2010-04-24T23:45:00Z Canfield drafted by Saints in seventh roundBy Cliff Kirkpatrick, Gazette-Times Reporter Corvallis Gazette Times

Former Oregon State quarterback Sean Canfield was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the seventh round of the NFL draft Saturday with the 239th pick.

He was the 14th quarterback taken, and the only OSU player selected.

The only other prospect was outside linebacker Keaton Kristick. He and other Beavers are looking to sign free-agent contracts in the coming days.

"It feels great to be drafted by the Saints," Canfield said. "They were a team that talked to me a lot at the combine. I think it's a good fit."

A left-handed 6-foot-4, 214-pounder, Canfield 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. Mark Brunell is listed as an unrestricted free agent with the team.

"After the fifth round I was starting to get worried that I wouldn't get drafted," Canfield said. "But then the Saints called in the sixth round and said they would pick me if I was still around in the seventh round. That was a relief."

Canfield was at his Carlsbad, Calif., home with friends and family when he found out the news.

He talked with Saints coach Sean Payton on the phone and was told to compete, and expect to make the team. The plan is for Canfield battle Daniel for the backup spot.

"I like being behind Drew Brees," Canfield said. "We have similar stories with bad shoulder injuries and coming back. And I enjoyed watching him when he was with the Chargers when I was in junior high and high school. It's unbelievable to be on the same team."

Canfield is a prototype quarterback who can make the all the throws the NFL wants. His arm strength has been questioned when he needs to zip the ball into a tight space.

However, he had plenty of arm and savvy to lead the Beavers to 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 and 3,271 passing yards, 21 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

"He was a guy we've seen enough from," Payton told the media in New Orleans. "We had a draftable grade on him. We think he's accurate. We think he's a good decision-maker. There was a lot went into that. There was a lot of research."

Canfield started 24 games 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; he was picked in the sixth round by the Baltimore Ravens.

When Canfield reports to mini camp May 6 he'll be the third former OSU quarterback in the NFL. Matt Moore is with the Carolina Panthers and Anderson enters his first season with the Arizona Cardinals.

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