Surprises for Browns, Bills, but not Steelers [1:52 AM]
Erie Times News reports: 'The Bills had plenty of other needs, but the biggest question entering the draft was whether first-year coach Doug Marrone believed his franchise quarterback was on the roster. We got our answer.'
FSU's first-round picks: Manuel, Werner, Rhodes [1:51 AM]
Tallahassee Democrat reports: '“This guy has leadership qualities and he is smart,” Buffalo general manager Buddy Nix said. “His knowledge of the game was further along than most. ... And you need to be able to play in the wind and the cold. As far as arm strength, there is no question. He’s a huge man.”'
FSU's EJ Manuel first QB taken in NFL Draft, while Gators' Sharrif Floyd drops [1:50 AM]
Orlando Sentinel reports: 'In addition to being the first FSU player taken in the draft's opening round, he also was the first quarterback selected, bypassing West Virginia's Geno Smith, Syracuse's Ryan Nassib and Southern Cal's Matt Barkley, among others. He entered the draft with mostly second-round projections.'
Buffalo Bills make splash, take FSU’s EJ Manuel in first round [1:49 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '“I’m just so proud to be a Buffalo Bill, I can wait to get started. Get working.”'
E.J. Manuel first (and only) QB drafted in 1st round [1:48 AM]
USA Today reports: '"I was thinking about my mother, what she's battled through. She's in remission and cancer-free right now,'' said the quarterback, who compiled a 25-6 record at Florida State, third best in school history. "I'm proud of her. She's been working the past four weeks, even though she's been undergoing some more radiation treatment.'''
Bills select QB Manuel with 16th pick in draft [1:47 AM]
AP reports: 'Manuel became the first quarterback selected on Thursday, and filled a big need for a Bills team that's rebuilding under new coach Doug Marrone. Manuel was the most accurate passer at Florida State, where he completed nearly 67 percent of his passes.'
Tears of relief for Manuel in NFL draft 1st round [1:46 AM]
AP reports: '''I love having a chip on my shoulder,'' he said.'
Kelly, Losman ... where will EJ Manuel fit? [1:46 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"As you know, we did a lot of work on these guys and we felt we knew him as well as you could from a distance," Nix said. "This guy, to us, has the upside to be whatever you want him to be. They all had good qualities but this is a guy who can do both (run and pass). It's up to Coach Marrone and his staff how they use him, but this guy can do both � and he's a winner."'
Bills gets crafty to get the guy they wanted all along [1:45 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'Smart, huh? Maybe. We'll know in a couple of years. In the meantime, it's up to Manuel to prove the Bills right.'
FSU's EJ Manuel selected by Bills, first QB drafted [1:44 AM]
Fox Sports Florida reports: '“It’s been tough. As a football player you want to just focus on football. But when your mother is sick, she’s doing better now, but it’s just you think about the journey. This moment comes, you get that call, it’s amazing.”'
With GM seats burning, Bills and Dolphins go bold [1:43 AM]
SI reports: 'Time will tell if Miami and Buffalo get the needed results from the risks they saw fit to take. But it's clear the Dolphins and Bills couldn't afford to play it safe in this 2013 draft. In certain pockets of the NFL, there's desperation in the air. You might not be able to see it, but you can sure feel it.'
E.J. Manuel surprisingly breaks away from crop of mediocre QBs to land spot in Buffalo [1:42 AM]
Yahoo! Sports reports: '"Don't take this the wrong way, but I'm shocked by that," the executive said. "I mean, he's a nice player and I could see him going in the first round. But Buffalo wasn't the team I thought would take him, and he's the only one? Yeah, I'm shocked."'
Bills Trade Down, Grab Manuel at 16 Overall [1:41 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'On Thursday, Nix got his man, taking Florida State QB E.J. Manuel with the 16th overall pick.'
Bills get QB in round one, draft Manuel [1:40 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Obviously we did (like him most),” said Nix. “We think this guy has got a chance. We researched him every way we can and we really like his upside.”'
Bills swing trade with Rams, trade down to 16 [1:39 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Rams parted with one of their two first round picks at 16 along with their second round pick at 46 and a seventh round at 222 overall to move up to Buffalo’s spot at eighth overall. The Bills and Rams also swapped third round picks, with Buffalo moving down from pick 71 to pick 78.'
Buddy Nix and Doug Marrone comment on drafting E.J. Manuel [1:38 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Yeah, we calculated that as best we could. You never know what is going to happen in the Draft. There are surprises all the time. Normally I do not get nervous, but I might have gotten a little nervous towards the end there.'
E.J. Manuel: ''I am so proud to be a Buffalo Bill'' [1:37 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Bruce (Smith) gave me a lot of advice moving forward from high school to college. Now that I am a Buffalo Bill…he actually called me about Buffalo. Not saying I was going to go there, but just giving me some facts and some background on the team before I went up and met with those guys. I know Bruce is extremely excited and he sounded just as excited as I am."'
Kelsay follows in Hansen's footsteps at Radio City [1:36 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I’m really excited,” said Kelsay on the John Murphy Show. “It’s an honor. It’s a blessing. It was totally unexpected. I was kind of floored when it first was brought to my attention. It’s going to be a lot of fun and I’m really looking forward to it.”'
Longtime Buffalo sportswriter Larry Felser dies [6:59 PM]
AP reports: '"Larry was basically the voice of sports in Buffalo for a generation," said Howard Smith, former executive sports editor at The News. "He interpreted what went on, and his opinion really helped color the opinions of a whole generation of sports readers."'
No perfect scenario for Bills in first round [5:18 PM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'Let’s take a look at the options...'.
Bills' draft a bigger mystery than usual [12:01 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'So if Buffalo stays there, my gut says they go for Smith’s favorite target at West Virginia, wideout Tavon Austin, and grab their QB at No. 41 in the second round ... or even trade up to get him.'
Fesler was more than a colleague [12:00 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The day after his retirement dinner a dozen years ago, one of the easiest columns I ever wrote was recounting the tremendous impact he had on my career. In hindsight, I couldn’t have picked a better mentor ... and am proud he so willingly shared his wisdom with me. I’ll miss you old friend.'
Ignoring quarterbacks in draft leaves Bills with imperfect 10 [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In the previous draft, the Bills passed over quarterbacks Andy Dalton and Colin Kaepernick based on the misguided belief Fitzpatrick could be the franchise quarterback. Dalton and Kaepernick were taken with the next two selections after Buffalo drafted cornerback Aaron Williams 34th overall in the second round in 2011.'
Team building doesn’t end after last pick [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'They went 6-10 and have lost more starters than they’ve signed since the season ended. The Bills have serious needs: quarterback, receiver, tight end, guard, linebacker, cornerback and safety among them. The Bills have only six draft picks.'
Scout’s honor: It’s tough to rate QBs [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Historically, the bust rate on first-round quarterbacks is about 50 percent. Why so high?'
Only bad move is not picking a quarterback [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But if they identify someone else as their franchise QB, so be it. It's their job to find the right guy. Just do it. It's not the end of the world if he turns out not to be great. The worst thing is not taking a shot at all.'
Offense scouting report [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Here’s a position-by-position look at the offensive prospects, broken into tiers.'
Defensive scouting report [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Here’s a position-by-position look at the defensive prospects, broken into tiers.'
Larry Felser, iconic former News sports columnist, dies [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A Buffalo native, Felser began his newspaper career at the Courier-Express in 1953 and worked there for 12 years before joining The News. He covered the Buffalo Bills from their inception in 1960 to his retirement in 2001. He continued to write a weekly sports column in The News until 2012. He held the title of sports editor for the last 20 years of his News tenure.'
Will the Buffalo Bills pick a quarterback? [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Nothing changes Thursday night when the 2013 NFL Draft gets underway; these next three days must be stupendous for the Bills if they hope to start clawing their way out of irrelevance.'
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