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Natl. media coming around to Manuel

Posted by Chris Brown on May 7, 2013 – 3:04 pm

When the Bills made the selection of EJ Manuel with the 16th overall pick, it was roundly panned by the national media and the so called draft experts. Now that some of those experts have spoken to NFL scouts for other NFL clubs they have come around to believing that the Bills got it right on Day 1 of the NFL draft.

NFL.com’s Albert Breer, who spoke to reps from two NFL teams that had Manuel graded higher on their draft boards than Geno Smith wrote the following about their professional assessments of the quarterbacks.

I spoke with two clubs that had EJ Manuel ranked ahead of Geno Smith — one had Smith graded as a low third-round pick — and another two  that had them virtually even, with one feeling that Manuel had a higher ceiling and the other giving low second-round grades to both — and slotting Matt Barkley ahead of them.

Breer also mentioned that Smith’s slip in play late in the year soured some teams on his lofty draft status following his fast start. But the one constant that has remained throughout all the reviews of how the quarterbacks came off the board in the draft is that Manuel has the highest ceiling of all the rookie signal callers.

 


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