The NFL draft brings a plethora of emotions to fans in Western New York. Excitement of another new beginning builds every offseason around this time, but fans have become wise to temper expectations of the always-popular draft.
First-round busts are commonplace during the 14-year playoff drought the Buffalo Bills have brutally endured, but the team has looked to turn that page in recent years. C.J. Spiller, Marcell Dareus and Stephon Gilmore have proved to be cornerstones of the future as the last three first-round selections of the team.
With a fair share of draft disappointments, Buffalo has had to endure plenty of negative press from draft analysts over the years. Risky or safe, the Bills have consistently ignored the media-hyped needs of the team and marked their own path.
From Mel Kiper Jr. to Pete Prisco, Buffalo is often among the teams in the dredges of their annual draft grades. Sometimes their harsh remarks are fair, while other times the team does not get the due diligence for going beyond a simplistic ranking system that draftniks tend to use.
Drafting EJ Manuel in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft did the team no favors with its media critics, and despite posting impressive pickups in their remaining seven picks—the conclusions had already been reached.
Let's look at a couple of analysts' 2013 NFL draft grades from around the web.