It could certainly be argued that the most surprising selection of the 2013 NFL Draft’s first round came at sixteenth overall when the Buffalo Bills chose quarterback EJ Manuel out of Florida State. The team traded back from eighth overall to eventually select the prospect, making him the first quarterback taken off the board.
Prior to the selection, the Bills had been rumored to draft a quarterback; however, there was little to no talk of that player being EJ Manuel. Conventional wisdom gave way to believing that the Bills would end up with Ryan Nassib, former Syracuse quarterback under the team’s current coach, Doug Marrone.
When the selection was announced not to be Nassib, many fans were left scratching their heads; however, life-long Buffalo fan from Albion, NY, Kyler Hapeman quickly offered an accurate assessment.
“I believe it was a good pick,” Hapeman told EWB’s Dave Hilts. “Marrone knows these QBs better than anyone. He recruited them, played against them, and coached them. Obviously people make the Nassib connection, but who else on the planet knows what Nassib has to offer more than Marrone?”
In terms of the actual selection of EJ Manuel, Attica, NY native, Michael Jarvis could not stop boasting, “First off, I love that the Bills identified their guy and went and got him, acquiring a couple extra picks in the process. I like his size and athletic ability. I hope that Marrone can mold him!”
Additionally, Scott M. DelleFave, who covers the Bills for Rant Sports, offered up, “I love the pick. He can make all the throws and is an amazing leader.”
Not every fan greeted the pick instantly with open arms, however. Shawn Gaesser, out of Kendall, NY gave cause for concern: “I am a little weary of the pick due to how early they took him based on the professional insight given at various media outlets. I remain optimistic though, due to his number of wins, size, and stature.”
It appears as if a majority of Buffalo’s fan base is quite content with the selection. Let’s just hope this selection is more “Jim Kelly” than “J.P. Losman.”