By Tim Graham
The Buffalo Bills gave the football world a jolt when they made Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel the first quarterback off the draft board with the 16th overall pick tonight.
ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay sounded stunned when delivering his reaction on the Bills taking Manuel instead of West Virginia's Geno Smith or Syracuse's Ryan Nassib.
"EJ Manuel has tremendous upside; don't get me wrong," McShay said. "He's big. He has a strong arm. He's got the mobility. But when you look at him and you study his tape, I think he has slow eyes. I think he's late with his throws. He does not anticipate the way you need to as an NFL quarterback, and I also think his accuracy is nowhere near where it needs to be.
"I had him as the sixth-best quarterback in this draft, and he winds up as the first quarterback taken."
McShay's ESPN colleague, Mel Kiper, also had Manuel ranked sixth among quarterbacks in this year's class because of his inability to read the whole field and make it through progressions.
"I think it's going to be a long time before he's ready," McShay said. "That doesn't mean he's not going to be on the field, but it's going to be a long time before he's NFL-ready as a quarterback. This is not a great pick for the Buffalo Bills."
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