Originally written on BlackSportsOnline  |  Last updated 5/1/13
I don’t like teams who just draft players because of workouts and measurables, especially quarterbacks. Listen closely to the Bills reasoning behind drafting Manuel. Bills coach Doug Marrone revealed in an interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio that Manuel impressed Buffalo’s brass by throwing the ball well during an extremely windy thunderstorm at a private workout in Tallahassee, Fla. Marrone said that Manuel’s performance in the wet, windy conditions helped convince the Bills that the former Florida State star would be able to handle inclement weather in Buffalo, especially in December and January. Listed at 6-foot-4 and 237 pounds, Manuel has a strong arm, is mobile and went 25-6 in four years with the Seminoles. He also had the largest hands (10 3/8 inches) and longest arms (35 inches) of any of the quarterbacks at the NFL scouting combine. “We started talking about the quarterbacks, and we went back and researched all the teams that played in the Northeast in the bad weather and a...
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