The free-agency run on quarterbacks initially seemed like an indictment of the 2013 quarterback class, and it looks like it indeed was. Even in years where the crop of draftable quarterbacks aren't particularly that inspiring, there are often a handful of teams that choose to pull the trigger in the first round, regardless. That wasn't so this year.
A quarterback did get drafted in Round 1, but it wasn't the one most expected—Geno Smith out of West Virginia. And the team that took said unexpected quarterback, the Buffalo Bills, were absolutely in the market to add a rookie passer. Many believed that would be Ryan Nassib, simply because new Bills coach Doug Marrone was Nassib's coach at Syracuse. But no...it was EJ Manuel, from Florida State.
The Bills selected Manuel at No. 16 after trading down with the St. Louis Rams. While the Bills certainly needed someone to compete with Kevin Kolb, Manuel is an interesting—and even controversial—selection.
At first blush, Manuel doesn't seem like rookie-starter material. He particularly has issues under pressure and football security. Perhaps these issues can be ironed out, but chances are he'll need to marinate on the bench behind Kolb, hopefully for the entire season.
How telling, however, about Smith, Nassib and the rest of the quarterback class that Manuel was not only the first passer taken, but also the only selected in Round 1?