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QB Manuel makes jump in Mayock ranks

Posted by Chris Brown on March 8, 2013 – 3:38 pm

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock has changed his top five quarterback rankings elevating Florida State’s E.J. Manuel to number two on his list.

When asked why he moved Manuel up in his rankings, this was his response.

“The first three tapes I saw of Manuel prior to the Senior Bowl included the Florida game and that was probably the worst game he ever played,” said Mayock. “But I thought he had a solid Senior Bowl week and coming out of the Combine there was a quiet buzz about him from teams. They like the kid, they think he’s smart so I watched three more tapes of his. I liked the Clemson tape and thought he was really athletic and threw the ball well.”

Mayock made it clear that he’s far from enamored with the quarterback class, but sees Manuel as a worthwhile risk.

“I don’t like this quarterback class so if I’m going to make a mistake with this quarterback class then I’m going to do it with a kid that has size, athletic ability and arm talent and that’s what E.J. Manuel has.”

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