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Draft guru has confidence in EJ Manuel

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 22, 2014 – 1:30 pm

After fifty years dealing with NFL personnel, former Cowboys exec Gil Brandt knows how to evaluate players. And he believes Bills QB EJ Manuel is going to make it.

“Manuel is a guy that’s going to get it done,” Brandt said Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine. He was a guest on The John Murphy Show from the combine in Indianapolis.

Brandt says he made the decision to invite Manuel to New York for the first night of the draft last year, when others thought the QB would not be chosen in the first round.

Now a Senior Analyst for, Brandt had this assessment of Manuel after his rookie season with the Bills:

“He probably doesn’t have as much ability as some people in this league. But he’s going to get it done because he works at it and he has a great relationship with players, which for a quarterback is important.”

Host John Murphy asked Brant where Manuel would stack up among the quarterbacks available in this year’s draft, a class that includes stars like Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater.

“I haven’t stacked this one up yet,” he answered. “But I still think he’d be a first round pick.”

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Gil Brandt: “Schwartz first choice in the draft”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 22, 2014 – 12:30 pm

Gil Brandt has been around the NFL for more than fifty years and he’s a familiar figure again this year at the NFL Scouting Combine.

And Brandt absolutely loves the Bills hiring of former Lions Coach Jim Schwartz as their new Defensive Coordinator.

“I think they got the first choice in the draft, really,” Brandt says. He was a guest Friday night on The John Murphy Show at the combine.

“I think Schwartz is really, really good,” he said. “I don’t know what happened (to him) in Detroit. But in Jim Schwartz they got not only a wonderful person but a really good football coach.”

There’s been some speculation that the Bills might overhaul their defensive scheme next season as they transition from Mike Pettine’s defense to Schwartz”s. Not a problem, according to Brandt.

“I would think that Jim is going to try to do things that are best for players,” he told host John Murphy. “I don’t think he’s stuck on a system, I think he’s stuck on what can my players do best. I talked to him the other day and he’s really excited about it. A lot of times when guys get fired they go into a funk for awhile. He was just the opposite.”

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Bills among few that kept entire draft class

Posted by Chris Brown on September 2, 2013 – 4:19 pm

After final cuts were made to Buffalo’s roster, their entire draft class made the 53-man roster. The Bills weren’t alone, but there were not many teams that kept all of their picks from this past spring.

According to’s Gil Brandt the Bills were one of just eight clubs to keep all of their draft choices on their active roster, which speaks well to the caliber of players selected by GM Doug Whaley and the personnel department.


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Brandt’s top 25 prospects lacks a QB

Posted by Chris Brown on January 15, 2013 – 2:29 pm’s Gil Brandt has put out his top 25 prospects list for the 2013 NFL draft. Brandt has 11 defensive linemen listed in his top 25, but no quarterbacks.

Heading up Brandt’s list was Texas A&M OT Luke Joekel followed by FSU DE Bjoern Werner. Here’s his Top 25.

1) Luke Joeckel, OL, Texas A&M
2) Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
3) Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
4) Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
5) Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
6) Dee Milliner, DB, Alabama
7) Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
8) Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU
9) Alec Ogletree, MLB, Georgia
10) Ezekiel Ansah, LB, BYU
11) Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
12) Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame
13) Keenan Allen, WR, California
14) Johnathan Hankins, DL, Ohio State
15) John Jenkins, DL, Georgia
16) Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU
17) D.J. Fluker, OL, Alabama
18) Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
19) Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
20) Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
21) Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
22) Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
23) Kenny Vaccaro, safety, Texas
24) Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
25) DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson

 Brandt did say that his top three QB prospects were Geno Smith (WVa), Matt Barkley (USC) and Mike Glennon (N.C. State).

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