The Buffalo Bills selected Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel with their first pick tonight in the NFL Draft.
Here's Buffalo News reporter Mark Gaughan's story on the pick, Manuel and the Bills' first round move down.
And here's what The News' Jay Skurski wrote of the 6-foot-5 Manuel in sizing him up ahead of the draft:
Has the best combination of size and speed of any quarterback in the draft. Definitely passes the eye test. Manuel has the mobility to make plays outside the pocket, and can run the read option as well as any quarterback in the class. Can make all the throws required at the NFL level, with good touch. Manuel’s also an intelligent player and excellent leader. Coming out of high school, Manuel was one of the nation’s top recruits. He spent his first two seasons with the Seminoles backing up Christian Ponder.
Has a tendency to force throws into coverage trying to make a play. Pocket awareness needs improvement. Doesn’t always step into his throws, leading to inaccuracy.
A high character player, Manuel played this season with a lot on his mind. His mother, Jackie, was diagnosed with breast cancer in August. Manuel hadn’t seen his mother in about eight weeks when she came onto the field before the annual rivalry game against Florida. It was more than he could handle. Manuel turned the ball over four times in a loss. Manuel had both a private workout and pre-draft visit with the Buffalo Bills.
Earlier in the night, the team traded down, dealing pick #8 overall to St. Louis and taking the Rams' #16 overall pick. The Bills also send pick #71 to St. Louis and get picks #46, #78 and #222 from the Rams.
The Rams took West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin with the #8 overall pick.
The Bills' roster of picks now looks like this:
Round 1, #16 overall (received in trade from St. Louis): EJ Manuel
Round 2, #41 overall
Round 3, #46 overall (received in trade from St. Louis)
Round 3, #78 overall (received in trade from St. Louis)
Round 4, #105 overall
Round 5, #143 overall
Round 6, #177 overall
Round 7, #222 overall
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