E.J. Manuel: How Will Bills' Newest QB Fare in the Pros?

Matt SteinCorrespondent IIApril 25, 2013

Is E.J. Manuel the franchise quarterback that Buffalo has been waiting for?
Is E.J. Manuel the franchise quarterback that Buffalo has been waiting for?Al Bello/Getty Images

E.J. Manuel became the first (and only) quarterback drafted in the 2013 NFL draft when the Buffalo Bills selected him with the 16th overall pick.

According to his biography on Florida State's athletics website, Manuel was 25-6 as the Seminoles' starting quarterback. He three 23 touchdowns and 10 picks last season while accumulating 3,392 passing yards and a 68 percent completion rate. He led the 'Noles to an ACC title and Orange Bowl win in his final season.

Below is a breakdown of what we can expect from Manuel in the future.


Pro Outlook

While Manuel may not be as polished as Matt Barkley or Geno Smith, he has the most upside for a quarterback in this year's draft.

Manuel is a fantastic athlete with great size at 6'5" and 237 pounds. He also has the arm to make all the throws necessary in the NFL. On top of his arm, Manuel can also make plays with his feet.

However, he'll need to improve his overall consistency to reach his full potential. If he can do that, Manuel could become a special player in the league.


Fantasy Outlook

It's hard to predict how much of an impact Manuel will have because he'll need to beat out Kevin Kolb for the starting job. However, if he does start for Buffalo, he should be able to put up some points on a regular basis due to his dual-threat ability.


Roster Outlook

Manuel will battle Kolb for the starting quarterback job throughout the offseason and preseason. He certainly has more upside than Kolb, but he may be too raw to make much of an impact as a rookie.


Pick Analysis

This is a great pick for the Bills as long as they don't push him into the starting lineup too early. Manuel has all the tools to become the franchise quarterback that Buffalo has been missing for so long.


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