2013 NFL Draft: Buffalo Bills Day 1 Review and Day 2 Preview

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2013 NFL Draft: Buffalo Bills Day 1 Review and Day 2 Preview
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E.J. Manuel is all smiles as first QB off the board in 2013 draft.

The Buffalo Bills turned out to be one of the surprise teams of the first round of the 2013 NFL draft on Thursday night.

Buffalo GM Buddy Nix decided to break from his policy of staying put in the draft and traded down in the first round. Buffalo traded the No. 8 overall pick to the St. Louis Rams and picked up extra picks in the second round (No. 46) and in the seventh round (No. 222). The teams also swapped their third-round picks, with Buffalo receiving the No. 78 pick and giving the No. 71 pick to St. Louis.

The move was met with some applause and some criticism depending on whose opinion you value. Just prior to the Bills' pick was announced, draft analyst Mike Mayock of NFL Network felt that E.J. Manuel was the dark-horse selection with the most upside of any quarterback in the draft. Over at ESPN, AFC East blogger James Walker panned the pick as he felt that the Doug Marrone era will forever be hitched to the wagon of E.J. Manuel.

Say what you want to about the selection, but one thing to keep in mind is that the Bills now control Manuel for the next five years due to the new collective bargaining agreement, while the teams drafting a QB in Round 2 will only have them for the first four years of their career. That is an important factor to consider in the grand scheme of things.

In this presentation, we will analyze the Manuel pick and the ramifications of the Bills trade with St. Louis and set up the three draft choices Buffalo will make on Friday in Rounds 2 and 3.

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