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2013 NFL Draft results: Bills' E.J. Manuel only Round 1 QB

In picking E.J. Manuel, the Buffalo Bills took the first quarterback off the board in Round 1 of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Al Bello

The first round of the 2013 NFL Draft is officially in the books, and the Buffalo Bills made arguably the biggest wave of Thursday evening by first trading down eight spots, then drafting their preferred quarterback anyway in E.J. Manuel of Florida State. This will go down as a historic evening in Bills franchise history, for better or worse. Let's quickly recap the night that was...

The trade: Bills swap with Rams

Bills GM Buddy Nix made it very clear in the week-plus leading up to tonight that he was very interested in recovering the seventh-round pick he traded to Seattle last August for quarterback Tarvaris Jackson. He did a heck of a lot more than that: in swapping first-round picks with St. Louis, Nix picked up a second-round pick (No. 46 overall) and that seventh-rounder (No. 222 overall). Buffalo now has three picks to make in tomorrow night's second and third rounds - they swapped third-rounders, and will now pick at No. 78 instead of No. 71 - and have a legitimate chance to add (more?) starters to a roster that needs as many as it can get.

The pick: Manuel over bigger names

In the week leading up to the first round, most of the discussion centered around Ryan Nassib (for obvious reasons) and Matt Barkley (for sound reasons). Only within the past 24 hours - sparked by a Tony Pauline report, and then perpetuated by Chris Brown, John Murphy and Joe Buscaglia - did it become apparent that Manuel was very much in play, and that the Bills were considering swinging for the fences in taking a quarterback. And make no mistake, that's exactly what the Bills are doing by picking Manuel: they're gambling that they can turn a great athlete into a championship-caliber quarterback.

The take-away: couch scouting season is over

The time for second-guessing a Bills draft pick is infinite, and complaints will continue to pour in throughout the weekend on this pick (as well as occasional bursts of praise, as well). It's all white noise, because it flat-out does not matter what we think about the pick today. The only thing that matters is this: the Bills took the top-rated quarterback on their board - we know that for certain - and they need to be right about it. They got "their guy"; they took a quarterback in which they had some conviction about his skills and potential. It is a critical moment in franchise history, and one that should be judged on performance, and performance alone. Words like "reach" no longer apply. All that matters is that the Bills hit on the pick. That work starts soon.

Below are the full results from Round 1. We'll be back in a few short hours, bright and early Friday morning, for more on Manuel and to proceed full force into day two.

# Team Player Pos. College
1 Kansas City Chiefs Eric Fisher OT Central Michigan
2 Jacksonville Jaguars Luke Joeckel OT Texas A&M
3 Miami Dolphins (f/OAK) Dion Jordan DE Oregon
4 Philadelphia Eagles Lane Johnson OT Oklahoma
5 Detroit Lions Ezekiel Ansah DE BYU
6 Cleveland Browns Barkevious Mingo DE LSU
7 Arizona Cardinals Jonathan Cooper OG North Carolina
8 St. Louis Rams (f/BUF) Tavon Austin WR West Virginia
9 New York Jets Dee Milliner CB Alabama
10 Tennessee Titans Chance Warmack OG Alabama
11 San Diego Chargers D.J. Fluker OT Alabama
12 Oakland Raiders (f/MIA) D.J. Hayden CB Houston
13 New York Jets (f/TB) Sheldon Richardson DT Missouri
14 Carolina Panthers Star Lotulelei DT Utah
15 New Orleans Saints Kenny Vaccaro S Texas
16 Buffalo Bills (f/STL) E.J. Manuel QB Florida State
17 Pittsburgh Steelers Jarvis Jones OLB Georgia
18 San Francisco 49ers (f/DAL) Eric Reid S LSU
19 New York Giants Justin Pugh OT Syracuse
20 Chicago Bears Kyle Long OG Oregon
21 Cincinnati Bengals Tyler Eifert TE Notre Dame
22 Atlanta Falcons (f/WAS via STL) Desmond Trufant CB Washington
23 Minnesota Vikings Sharrif Floyd DT Florida
24 Indianapolis Colts Bjoern Werner DE Florida State
25 Minnesota Vikings (f/SEA) Xavier Rhodes CB Florida State
26 Green Bay Packers Datone Jones DE UCLA
27 Houston Texans DeAndre Hopkins WR Clemson
28 Denver Broncos Sylvester Williams DT North Carolina
29 Minnesota Vikings (f/NE) Cordarrelle Patterson WR Tennessee
30 St. Louis Rams (f/ATL) Alec Ogletree LB Georgia
31 Dallas Cowboys (f/SF) Travis Frederick C Wisconsin
32 Baltimore Ravens Matt Elam S Florida