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E.J. Manuel among pre-draft visitors with Bills

Posted Apr 2, 2013

The Buffalo Bills had their private workout with quarterback prospect E.J. Manuel ten days ago. Now, they’ve got Manuel in Orchard Park for a pre-draft visit.


The Buffalo Bills had their private workout with quarterback prospect E.J. Manuel ten days ago. Now, they’ve got Manuel in Orchard Park for a pre-draft visit.

Manuel is one of three draft-eligible prospects visiting One Bills Drive Tuesday. NFL teams are allowed to conduct 30 pre-draft visits at their facility and they typically include interviews and meetings, not on-field workouts.

E.J. Manuel is the Florida State quarterback who was the Most Outstanding Player at the Senior Bowl in late January.  He ran for one touchdown and threw for another in his team’s victory in Mobile, Alabama. 

He followed up his strong showing at the Senior Bowl with some impressive workouts at the combine in late February.  At Florida State, Manuel led the Seminoles to a 12-2 record last year, and he finished with 25-wins and 6 losses as a starter.  He’s regarded as one of the top five QB prospects in the April NFL draft.

The Bills also hosted two safety prospects in pre-draft visits Tuesday.   Cooper Taylor is a strong safety from the University of Richmond.  He was a standout at the East-West Shrine Game in late January.  Taylor has good size (6-4, 229 pounds) and is considered a good run-stuffing box safety.

The other rookie safety visiting One Bills Drive is Malcolm Bronson, a 5-11, 192-pound free safety prospect from McNeese State.