EJ Manuel  

Height: 6-4   Weight: 237   Age: 28

Born: 3/19/1990 Virginia Beach , VA

College: Florida State

Experience: Season









Draft 2013

Pick No.16

Selected By: Buffalo Bills

Round: 1

Pick (Overall): 16 (16)

Pick Analysis: Manuel was a Parade High School All-American, and got his chance to play early for the Seminoles. The Seminoles' 2008 scout team MVP (who missed 2009 spring practice with a broken index finger) won three of his four starts for injured starter Christian Ponder as a redshirt freshman, including a Gator Bowl MVP performance (17-24, 189 yards, 14 rushes for 70 yards and a TD) in the team's comeback win over West Virginia.

When Ponder returned for 2010, Manuel again took a reserve role - though injuries gave him two chances to start (one win over Clemson and a loss to Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship Game). He also led the Seminoles to a win in the Chick-fil-A Bowl against South Carolina after Ponder suffered a concussion. Manuel's play was not necessarily consistent in his first year as the full-time starter in 2011 (2,666 passing yards, 18 TD, eight INT, 65.3 percent completion rate), and he missed the team's loss to Clemson (and did not start the following week vs. Wake Forest) with his own shoulder injury. He still helped Florida State to a 9-4 record and a third straight postseason win - showing supreme toughness by playing on a broken leg (fractured left fibula) during the team's Champs Sports Bowl win over Notre Dame, going 20 for 31 for 249 yards and two touchdowns.

Finally, as a senior, Manuel started all 14 games and even topped off the 12-2 season with a decisive Orange Bowl victory. He completed 263 of 387 for 3,397 yards, 23 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He added 310 rushing yards and four touchdowns while dealing with his mother's cancer treatment, something Manuel kept under wraps for a large portion of the season.


Video Playlist

  1. 2013 Combine workout: EJ Manuel

    Published: March 20, 2013 at 04:44 p.m.

    Watch Florida State QB EJ Manuel work out at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine.

  2. Mayock evaluates Manuel's pro day

    Published: March 19, 2013 at 06:15 p.m.

    Florida State QB EJ Manuel is ranked as Mike Mayock's No. 2 quarterback in the 2013 draft. Find out what Mayock thought of Manuel's pro day at Florida State.

  3. Scout vs. Scout: Is EJ Manuel a franchise QB?

    Published: March 15, 2013 at 02:00 p.m.

    Former NFL scouts Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks debate if former Florida State QB EJ Manuel is ready to become a franchise QB in the NFL.

  4. 2013 NFL Scouting Combine: EJ Manuel

    Published: Feb. 24, 2013 at 07:00 a.m.

    Watch Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel run the 40-yard dash at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine.

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