Jan.1, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles quarterback EJ Manuel (3) throws a pass in the first quarter against the Northern Illinois Huskies during the 2013 Orange Bowl game at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft 2013: EJ Manuel Could Go as Early as Mid-First Round

Florida State Seminoles signal-caller E.J. Manuel is widely believed to be a third-round prospect in the 2013 NFL Draft, but the buzz among NFL scouts is much greater for the former Florida State star.

According to reports from ESPN’s Todd McShay during an appearance on the Scott Van Pelt & Ryen Russillo show, Manuel has “a lot of potential” and “a lot of physical tools”, but the problem is he is “good for a couple of big blunders a game.”

On of the big reasons that Manuel is highly thought of in the scouting community is his ability to run the read-option.

No one was a better ambassador for the read-option in the NFL than San Francisco 49ers sensation Colin Kaepernick just a season ago. His versatility and ability to fire a rocket or pull down the ball and run made him a weapon that was hard to defend.

Manuel provides that same threat.

It seems like a bit of a stretch that Manuel could go in the top half of round one, but it appears that the talk indicates it could be possible. Of course, this is the season of smokescreens, so take everything you hear with a grain of salt.

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