Buddy Nix wanted a QB. The fans wanted a QB and all the experts pointed towards a QB.
When the dust settled on the first round, the Bills had come away with the man they think is the answer at quarterback. EJ Manuel.
After swinging an effective trade to slide back eight spots, Buffalo selected Manuel out of Florida State making him the first quarterback ever selected with the team’s first pick.
Most draft pundits had Manuel penciled in somewhere between four and sixth on their best quarterbacks list. At the very least the consensus was that Manuel fell in behind Geno Smith, Matt Barkley and Ryan Nassib. His place alongside Tyler Wilson and Mike Glennon was up for more debate.
What certainly surprised casual and ardent observers alike is that the Bills pegged Manuel as their man and used the 16th overall selection to take him.
Let’s first credit Buddy Nix (and maybe Doug Whaley too) for knowing the light quarterback market would allow for them to trade down and ...