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E.J. Manuel could be top 20 pick

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02:54 PM ET 04.24 | E.J. Manuel could go within the top 20 picks of the 2013 NFL Draft, according to Geoff Mosher of CSN Philly. The former Florida State quarterback has been receiving a significant amount of hype over the last few weeks before the start of the NFL Draft on Thursday, with some suggesting that he could be the second quarterback taken in the draft. Of course, the phrase "a lot of buzz" is hardly scientific. Even more problematic for Manuel, there isn't a team outside of the top ten that is clearly in desperate need of a new quarterback. If a team selected Manuel in the first round, it may be because they traded up to get him. It would take a lot for a team to move from the second round into the top 20, however. There is a lot to like about Manuel's game, however. From a physical standpoint, he is arguably the best quarterback in his class. Manuel has prototypical size at 6'5, 238 pounds, but he also has 4.65 speed in the 40-yard dash, not to mention a strong arm. He may have a ways to go in terms of his accuracy, but the upside is enormous.

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April 24, 2013  03:53 PM ET

Has a way to go in terms of accuracy??? A QB with that kind of problem? Okay, CSN Philly, go back into hiding after this "could be"!!!

April 24, 2013  03:59 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Okay, CSN Philly, go back into hiding after this "could be"!!!

Really!! Who is this?

Besides, I just heard two guys talking in the elevator say he might be an early to mid second round pick.

April 24, 2013  04:07 PM ET

News Flash: College QBs don't get more accurate in the NFL. If he can't hit the receivers now, he won't do it in the Big Show. Then again, Andy Reid drafted a guy that tossed like that so you never know...

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April 24, 2013  05:54 PM ET

This is exactly the wrong way to pick a QB. And it always gets teams in trouble.

Get an accurate guy, and give him time to build his strength to NFL levels. Don't get a strong guy and expect him to miraculously become more accurate.

April 24, 2013  06:42 PM ET

This is the only QB I would take a flyer on... But not in the first round.

April 24, 2013  06:48 PM ET

I'm on the fence with Manuel, he could easily become the next Russell from the Raiders.

April 24, 2013  06:52 PM ET
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I'm on the fence with Manuel, he could easily become the next Russell from the Raiders.

meh, he doesn't have the self-involved personality disease like Russell.

good kid, ok arm...maybe the next Randall Cunningham?

April 24, 2013  07:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I'm on the fence with Manuel, he could easily become the next Russell from the Raiders.

The games I watch him... I came away thinking that a good QB coach and 2-3 years of tutoring and learning could have this kid ready.

April 24, 2013  07:12 PM ET
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The games I watch him... I came away thinking that a good QB coach and 2-3 years of tutoring and learning could have this kid ready.

He has a better work ethic than Jacarcass ever did.

April 24, 2013  07:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

meh, he doesn't have the self-involved personality disease like Russell.

+1

April 24, 2013  07:15 PM ET

Not to mention, Russell was around 260 pounds when he was drafted. You have to be wary of drafting a QB that is the size of a TE.

April 24, 2013  07:24 PM ET

Supposedly, he's pretty smart and a pretty good leader.

April 24, 2013  07:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I'm on the fence with Manuel, he could easily become the next Russell from the Raiders.

Sad thing is that had Russell had a skull filled with brains instead of Purple Drank, he had the chance to be really good. Size like Rothlesberger, but a much better arm....Really sad.

April 24, 2013  07:29 PM ET
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Sad thing is that had Russell had a skull filled with brains instead of Purple Drank, he had the chance to be really good. Size like Rothlesberger, but a much better arm....Really sad.

True, but Russell's accuracy was never that great.

April 24, 2013  07:32 PM ET

There were questions about Cam Newton, but EJ seems more mature.

April 24, 2013  07:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

There were questions about Cam Newton, but EJ seems more mature.

Mainly his accuracy.

April 24, 2013  07:37 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

True, but Russell's accuracy was never that great.

His career avg(short) is only a couple of pts lower than Sanchez, Henne, Luck and Skelton in 2012...

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April 24, 2013  07:47 PM ET
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His career avg(short) is only a couple of pts lower than Sanchez, Henne, Luck and Skelton in 2012...

I understand. I remember being a little optimistic after the 2008 season. Russell showed a little progress.

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