E.J. Manuel is quickly making a name for himself in the NFL Draft thanks to some intense hype over the last few days. Manuel went from a solid mid-round pick to now a potential first-round selection in a matter of weeks. Some are now even ranking Manuel above Ryan Nassib and Geno Smith in terms of quarterbacks that could be selected first this weekend. The question then becomes where will he be selected?
If you ask Manuel, he’ll tell you that the Philadelphia Eagles want him “pretty bad”.
“But I think it’s just a matter of who takes me first, because I know the Eagles may want me, the Cleveland Browns may want me, the Buffalo Bills and the Jets,” Manuel said, via CSN Philly. “I think those are all sequential picks, you know what I mean, within those top 13 picks or whatever. I’m just hoping one team loves me, because really, that’s all you need, one team to fall in love with you.”
Philadelphia is a team that has been looking to take a quarterback to insert into Chip Kelly’s new innovative offense, and it looks like Manuel is the guy. Many thought that Philadelphia would spend their fourth overall pick on Geno Smith, but it’s looking like Manuel is the guy that the Eagles would rather have.
It makes sense too, since Manuel seems to have a lot more upside than Smith at this point and he’s a guy that the Eagles can target while still selecting a top offensive tackle with that fourth overall pick.