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If Manuel can stay healthy and produce big numbers this season, he could find himself hearing his named called on the first night of the 2013 NFL draft.
Manuel has been a perplexing figure during his career at Florida State, due to a number of factors ranging from his inability to stay healthy to inconsistent play in his first full season as a starter last season.
However, a closer look at his body of work reveals why NFL front office types are intrigued with his potential at the next level.
Manuel has a 13-4 record as a starter and has led the Seminoles to three consecutive bowl victories; and despite dealing with his own shoulder injury and a rash of injuries that hit the units around him last season, he managed to throw for 2,666 yards while completing more than 65 percent of his passes and account for 22 total touchdowns (18 passing, four rushing).
While most fans may not lump him the class of 2013’s elite quarterbacks such as USC’s Matt Barkley and Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson, Manuel’s size (6’5”, 245 pounds), mobility and intangibles could be enough to help become Fisher’s second consecutive signal-caller to hear his name called in the first round.
Rang generated some controversy when he pegged Manuel as the second overall pick in his initial 2013 mock.
You are talking about a guy that is 6’5”, 245 pounds—so he has the size you are looking for at the quarterback position. He has the arm strength and the mobility that will get him some comparisons, fairly or not, to Cam Newton because of their similar builds. Once you get past USC’s Matt Barkley, this year’s quarterback class is wide open in terms of guys that could go high in the first round. Tyler Wilson of Arkansas and Logan Thomas of Virginia Tech are a few of the guys who could catapult themselves into the first round and Manuel is in that group.