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Before the season started, many were debating about whether it would be USC QB Matt Barkley or Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas who would ultimately end up being the No. 1 overall pick of the 2013 NFL draft.
Now, though, it looks like the two top contenders are Florida State QB E.J. Manuel and West Virginia QB Geno Smith.
During the 2011 offseason, I wrote an article saying that Manuel could be the next Cam Newton. While it took longer than I thought it would, it looks like he's finally ready to take that big step up and have a Newton-like impact in 2012.
The 6'5'', 245-pound senior has the total package that NFL scouts are looking for in a potential franchise signal-caller. He's now finally gotten to the point where his mind and his decision-making match his tremendous physical ability.
If Manuel leads Florida State to an undefeated season and a spot in the BCS championship game, he'll not only take home the Heisman Trophy, he'll likely establish himself as the favorite to be the No. 1 overall pick in next April's NFL draft.