"We did a lot of work on these guys and we felt like we knew them about as well as you could from a distance," said Bills GM Buddy Nix. "This guy to us has got the upside to be whatever you want him to be. All these quarterbacks had good qualities we said from the start. I think if we can develop this guy that he’s got the physical talent to take you to the dance."
E.J. Manuel surprisingly breaks away from crop of mediocre QBs to land spot in Buffalo - Yahoo! Sports
While evaluators from around the NFL question the decision, E.J. Manuel has been targeting the Bills since his visit with Nathaniel Hackett. This is a must-read this morning, folks.
An uninspiring look at E.J. Manuel from guys who watched every one of his college snaps at Florida State.
2013 Draft profile: Quarterback E.J. Manuel, Florida St. - VIDEO - BuffaloBills.com
"A look at the college highlights of Florida St. quarterback E.J. Manuel."
Buddy Nix and Doug Marrone comment on drafting E.J. Manuel - BuffaloBills.com
Q&A with the two big decision makers following the first pick. Video and transcript available.
E.J. Manuel: "I am so proud to be a Buffalo Bill" - BuffaloBills.com
QB E.J. Manuel conference call upon joining the Bills. Audio and transcript.
Bills Roundup: Draft Day One Recap - BuffaloBills.com
"Chris Brown and John Murphy recap the Bills trade down and selection of QB E.J. Manuel plus what talk about what may lie ahead for them in day two."
EJ Manuel overcome with emotion - VIDEO - BuffaloBills.com
"An emotional EJ Manuel speaks with Deion Sanders shortly after being drafted by the Buffalo Bills with the 16th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft."
Inside The Bills | Mayock thinks E.J. can be special
"I look at him like a piece of clay," said Mayock. "Raw, but you can mold him into something special. He is a real smart kid."
Inside The Bills | Manuel’s leadership evident
"One of the things you see when he walks into a room is just his presence and he’s had great leadership ability at Florida State amongst his teammates," said Marrone.
Road to the Draft: E.J. Manuel - Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
Jay Skurski projected E.J. Manuel would be a second round pick. Check out his full scouting report from before the draft.
Video: Scouting report of E.J. Manuel - Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
"The News' Jay Skurski offers a breakdown of E.J. Manuel, who the Bills took with their first pick in the NFL Draft."
Video: News sports reporters react to Bills picking E.J. Manuel - Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
"Tim Graham, Jay Skurski, Bucky Gleason and Milt Northrop react to the Bills' pick of quarterback E.J. Manuel in the first round of the NFL Draft."
It’s Manuel: Bills take Florida State QB - Sports - The Buffalo News
"The questions on Manuel concern his performance against top competition and his ability to deal with pressure in the pocket. In seven starts against top 25 teams, Manuel was 3-4 with six touchdowns and nine interceptions."
Bills get their QB: Manuel - Sports - The Buffalo News
"He can throw the football vertically down the field," said Bills coach Doug Marrone. "He has a good arm. He can get himself out of trouble. He can create things with his feet. He has good presence in the huddle, he’s accurate and we’re excited to have him."
Credit Bills for taking bold path - Sports - The Buffalo News
Jerry Sullivan: "I don’t know if Manuel has greatness in him or not. For their sake, they’d better be right. At least they finally took a shot."
Video: Bucky Gleason, Milt Northrop react to E.J. Manuel pick - Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
"News Sports Columnist Bucky Gleason and longtime sports reporter Milt Northrop react to the E.J. Manuel pick:"
ESPN's Todd McShay rips Bills for making E.J. Manuel first QB taken - Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
"E.J. 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."
WGR 550 SportsRadio - NFL Mock Draft: Final Cut
When I say Joe Buscaglia nailed it today, he NAILED IT TODAY. He had the trade and both the Rams and Bills picks in the first round.
WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills' Best And Worst Case Scenarios On Day 1
Remember Joe Buscaglia's "Pie in the Sky" Scenario? Well it's exactly what happened for Buddy Nix and the Bills. Good job, Buddy.
Bills surprise with QB Manuel - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Buffalo moved down in the trade with the St. Louis Rams. The Bills were wise not to take a quarterback at No. 8, but is Manuel the right choice? That will be highly debated over the next few weeks."
2013 NFL Draft results: 'Time will tell' with E.J. Manuel - SBNation.com
"Manuel has a lot of upside, but is also one of the most raw prospects in this year's draft."
NFL Draft results 2013: E.J. Manuel selected by Buffalo Bills with 16th pick - SBNation.com
"Manuel is the 98th-rated prospect in the pre-draft rankings from SB Nation's Dan Kadar, and the seventh-rated quarterback."
2013 NFL mock draft: E.J. Manuel to Buffalo Bills - SBNation.com
Brian Galliford picked E.J. Manuel in the SB Nation bloggers mock draft - at No. 41. Read what he had to say then. It still makes sense now.
EJ Manuel a surprise pick by Buffalo Bills at No. 16 - NFL.com
"While Nassib and Matt Barkley possess underwhelming physical tools, Manuel is the draft's best raw talent with a big arm and 4.62 wheels. Marrone showed a fast-paced, up-tempo attack at last week's voluntary minicamp, and Manuel does boast the capability to run the trendy read-option attack."
Buffalo Bills select Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel | Democrat and Chronicle
Sal Maiorana offers his thoughts on the trade and the pick.
Doug Marrone era as Buffalo Bills coach hinges on EJ Manuel - ESPN
"The Marrone-Manuel tandem could turn out either way for Buffalo. But if I had to take an educated guess before Manuel throws his first pass and Marrone coaches his first game, this decision has the potential to blow up in Buffalo’s face in three or four years."
Leading Off: Manuel's the right choice " Sports " Niagara Gazette
"There's no question that the Bills reached in the first round of the NFL draft. But they still got the pick right."
E.J. Manuel first QB taken -- by Bills! | Football | Sports | Toronto Sun
"I had a great feeling about Buffalo," the 6-foot-4, 237-pound native of Virginia Beach, Va., said in an interview in a side hallway of Radio City Music Hall. "I thought when I met with them I was able to show them my football intellect, and what I could do on and off the field. And I think they trust me to come in and represent them as they want me to, as far as the whole franchise."
Judgements: Bills gets crafty to get the guy they wanted all along - NFL - CBSSports.com
Clark Judge praises the Bills for playing the NFL, Rams, and Jets in their big day one trade and getting the quarterback they coveted.
E.J. Manuel, Dion Jordan picks in 2013 NFL draft proof of GMs on the hot seat - Don Banks - SI.com
Don Banks thinks the hot seat forced Buddy Nix to go quarterback.
Unexpected (and expected): Day 1 of the 2013 NFL Draft - NFL.com
"If somebody tells you they knew the Bills were going to do that, they’re lying. How surprised was Manuel to be picked? He didn’t even have his coat on." Maybe nationally. Locally, several folks had Manuel coming off the board to Buffalo.
2013 NFL Draft: Vikings among early winners while Jets misstep - NFL.com
Adam Schein "really likes this pick" for Buffalo and like what Manuel brings to the table.