2013 NFL Draft: E.J. Manuel highlights three Buffalo Bills pre-draft visits

Al Messerschmidt

Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel is getting a lot of attention from the Buffalo Bills.

Every year, NFL teams are allowed to bring 30 NFL Draft prospects to team headquarters for a pre-draft visit. The first three of those 30 visits for the Buffalo Bills in the 2013 NFL Draft are occurring today, as the team has confirmed the below visitors.

  • E.J. Manuel, QB, Florida State: He's the first quarterback prospect to visit One Bills Drive, and he's not likely to be the last. The 6'5", 237-pound Manuel is an exemplary athlete with a good deal of arm talent, but the two-year starter is not considered NFL-ready thanks to a limited-read offense that left him ill-prepared for the complexities of the pros. Manuel has as much physical upside as any quarterback this year, and that alone could get him drafted in Round 1 in what is widely considered a weak year for quarterback prospects.
  • Cooper Taylor, S, Richmond: Even though he didn't get a Combine invite, Taylor is a really intriguing prospect. First of all, he was a productive collegian (he transferred to Richmond from Georgia Tech), 240 tackles and seven interceptions in his career. More intriguingly, he's an interesting athlete; he measured in at 6'4" and 228 pounds - that's huge for a safety - and cranked out a 4.49-second 40-yard dash. His size/speed ratio (not to mention his leaping ability and hand size) could make him a hybrid defensive back and dime linebacker in a system like Mike Pettine's. He's considered a later-round prospect.
  • Malcolm Bronson, S, McNeese State: Quite frankly, I don't know a lot about Bronson. In 37 career games in college, the 5'11", 192-pound safety recorded 208 tackles and nine interceptions. I learned all of this thanks to the magic of Google.

We'll continue to update our running list of Bills pre-draft visitors as the team confirms them over the course of the next few weeks.

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