Jan 26, 2013; Mobile, AL, USA; Senior Bowl south squad quarterback E.J. Manuel of Florida State (3) against the Senior Bowl north squad during the second half of the Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The South squad defeated the North squad 21-16. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft 2013: Buzz Building For EJ Manuel as a Top 20 Selection

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The buzz has been building surrounding former Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel, so it should come as no surprise that there are reports he could be selected in the top twenty of the 2013 NFL Draft, which kicks off Thursday night at Radio City Music Hall.

We have been hearing the first-round buzz for quite some time and this doesn’t appear to be a smokescreen.

Quarterbacks often are selected higher than anticipated because of the value of the position. There is a very good chance Manuel will be the third signal-caller selected and he may even be the second after Ryan Nassib.

With his mobility and strong arm, Manuel has the natural talent and upside that evaluators look for in a future franchise quarterback. If guys like Blaine Gabbert, Christian Ponder and Jake Locker can go early in the draft, there is no reason to believe Manuel doesn’t have the makings of a top twenty pick.

The truth is that none of us really know where the quarterbacks will fall this year, but it’s beginning to look more and more like you can lock Manuel in to the first-round.

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