Orchard Park (WKBW) Things worked out perfectly in the eyes of the Buffalo Bills on Thursday night. The team was able to trade down, pick up a couple of picks, and get who the team believes is the franchise quarterback they were looking for. I hope they're right.
EJ Manuel was not the highest rated quarterback on many 'experts" boards, he was perhaps fourth or fifth for some. Former Bills GM Bill Polian said on ESPN he was "shocked" by the pick. ESPN Draft analyst Todd McShay called the pick "a waste'.
I'm going to be a bit more patient.
The Bills scoured this years quarterback class. They had meetings at the combine, traveled in numbers to pro days, hosted several for pre-draft visits at One Bills Drive. They went through the process. When it was all said and done, with every option still on the board at, they decided to go with Manuel. Not Geno Smith, not the easy pick of Ryan Nassib, EJ Manuel. That to me counts for something.
The Bills admit he has his faults. He's been docked for his accuracy, consistency and decision making. Other options may have been more ready right away but the Bills believe Manuel has the higher upside and the physical ability to succeed. Buddy Nix said he has the ability to "take you to the dance" . We'll see.
I think he's a project with enough potential to be ok with the pick. He's 6-foot-5, has a big arm and the ability to make plays with his feet. He was a leader at Florida State.
The Bills have been talking about adding a franchise quarterback for months. I can't tell you that he'll be the answer, but I don't mind that the Bills took a shot at a guy they did they're homework on.