EJ Manuel and Geno Smith were two guys with big arms and even bigger dreams when they first met at a football camp in South Florida a few years ago.
They kept in touch with occasional text messages through high school and then college, where Manuel starred at Florida State and Smith at West Virginia. By the time the draft rolled around in April, both quarterbacks were considered first-round possibilities.
Manuel went to Buffalo at No. 16, a bit higher than some projected.
Smith, once mentioned as a possible No. 1 pick, slid all the way to the Jets in the second round at No. 39.
''I stood up,'' Smith recalled Wednesday of his reaction when Manuel was drafted before him. ''I congratulated him and that was it. I was happy for him. I was happy for every single guy that got drafted.''
Smith, however, went through the embarrassment of having television cameras focused on him as each pick was made in the first round - without hearing his name.