For as much as I'd like a trade down to facilitate picks at LB and O-line early, I think this is the most likely scenario. You can troll YouTube looking for highlights from EJ Manuel, and you'll find he's got a number of them. He came up big in big games, made plays with his arm and his legs, and showed a lot of toughness and grit in the process.
But one of the things that stands out most to me when I watch the clips, is that his biggest plays through the air occur when he has an absolutely spotless pocket. He tended to adjust to his checkdowns or run even at the collegiate level when things got murky in the backfield. His deep ball is pretty to watch, and he showed a nack to extend plays via bootlegs and improvisation with his legs - yet usually it was either the D biting on a playfake, or the big uglies up front making sure he had a ton of time to find an open man.
Given this, I think it's imperative that we stock the O-line with talent ASAP. Having another stud OT who could play left or right would be a blessing, and grabbing another to groom into a starting OG could take our line from mediocre to excellent in just a season or two. That would have an enormous impact on both the running game, and give EJ the confidence to stand in the pocket just a second or two longer and make plays. It worked for the 49ers in 2010 with Anthony Davis and Mike Iupati, and I think it could work here as well.
#9 - Jake Matthews - OT; Texas A&M
#41 - Carlos Hyde - RB; Ohio State
#73 Gabe Jackson - OG; Miss. State
#109 - C.J. Fiedorowicz - TE; Iowa
#149 - Louchiez Purifoy - CB; Florida
#185 - Colt Lyerla - TE; Oregon
#224 - Daniel Sorenson - SS; BYU
What do you all think?