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April 25, 2013: Bills draft EJ Manuel

Posted Apr 25, 2014

Buffalo landed its QB of the future with a draft day trade on April 25, 2013.

Rumor. Speculation. A draft-day trade. A first-round QB. The new face of the franchise in Buffalo.

All of it happened on April 25, 2013 as the Bills engineered a trade to move back from ninth overall, while never losing sight of the intended target.

“With the 16th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills select EJ Manuel, quarterback, Florida State.”

PHOTOS: EJ Manuel arrives in Buffalo

And with those words from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, so began the EJ Manuel era in Buffalo.