Buffalo General Manager Buddy Nix took a gamble by trading down from the No. 8 overall pick. Fortunately for the Bills, it paid off.
Buffalo traded with St. Louis to move down to No. 16, picked up an extra second-round pick and still got its choice of any quarterback. The Bills opted to select Florida State's E.J. Manuel.
I didn't like the idea of trading down this morning. It left the Bills open to other teams taking the quarterback they wanted before their pick came. Some may wonder if they could've waited even longer to get Manuel, but I'm glad the Bills didn't risk it.
Buffalo hadn't drafted a quarterback in the first round since J.P. Losman and he was the fourth quarterback taken in 2004.
Manuel is huge for a quarterback at 6-5, 237 pounds and has a great arm and good athleticism. His accuracy, decision making and consistency are question marks though. Manuel is a two-year starter who finished with a 66.9 completion percentage, 7,741 yards, 47 touchdowns and 28 interceptions. He certainly has a lot of potential.
My top pick was between Ryan Nassib and Matt Barkley, but I'm OK with Manuel. They needed a quarterback and they got one. Manuel and Nassib are going to be compared for many years and the Bills better hope Manuel does more in this league.
Ultimately, it will take a few years to determine if this pick was the right decision for Buffalo. We'll see how long it takes him to win the starting job going up against Kevin Kolb and Tavaris Jackson.
The Bills now have three picks in day two of the draft. Two second-round picks (No. 41 and 46) and one third-round pick (No. 78). I think they should target a wide receiver, tight end and a guard with those picks. They also could use linebacker and cornerback depth.