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Bills G-M Buddy Nix held true to his promise by selecting a quarterback in the draft. Buffalo traded down from eight to 16 and selected Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel with their first pick. The Bills added a extra pick in the second and seventh rounds.
Manuel, 6-foot-5 and 237 pounds, is the first qb to be drafted by the Bills in the first round since J.P. Losman in 2004. Buffalo has been searching for a franchise qb ever since Jim Kelly retired.
The one knock on the pick is the Bills possibly could have moved down again and add an additional pick, and still draft Manuel. But the Bills did not want to chance losing out on Manuel.
Manuel's selection was a bold, fresh move by a team that hoping to begin a new era along side Doug Marrone.
Manuel was the first and only quarterback chosen. The Bills bypassed West Virginia's Geno Smith, SU's Ryan Nassib and USC's Matt Barkley. Manuel was projectd as a second-round pick.
So why did he go in the first round? His size 6'5, 237 lbs, and his able to move around stand out. He possesses a strong arm, quick delivery while being a accurate deep passer. Of all the qb's in this year's draft, Manuel has the highest ceiling. He has the best raw talent of any of the qb's coming out.
However, this was not a safe, conventional pick. There are flaws in his game from a hitch is his delivery, pocket pressure is not the best. In the end Manuel is more of a project, but he will have the chance to sit behind Kevin Kolb and Travaris Jackson while Marrone and Nathanial Hackett teach and tutor him.