E.J. Manuel

QB · Florida State
Once considered a top recruit out of high school, Manuel is one of the more debated prospects in the 2013 draft. After redshirting in 2008, he made six starts as a freshman and sophomore in relief of oft-injured Christian Ponder, recording a 4-2 record. Manuel became the full-time starter as a junior and ended the season with a streak of 121 straight passes over five games without an interception, raising expectations of rapid development as a pocket passer in 2012. Manuel completed 68 percent of his passes for 3,392 yards and a TD-INT ratio of 23-10 as a senior. He culminated his career with a sparkling performance in the Senior Bowl in which he was named MVP by throwing one touchdown, running for another and guiding the South to its only other score in a 21-16 victory. With great size, athleticism and intriguing arm talent, Manuel has as much upside as any quarterback in the 2013 draft. But despite statistical gains in 2012, Manuel largely remains the unpolished passer he was a year ago. His tendency to rely on initial reads and vacate the pocket when pressured could lead to significant growing pains in the NFL if pushed onto the field early.


Looks the part with a solid frame and is an intelligent, articulate, mature young man well-suited to handling the role as the face of the franchise. Strong arm -- can make every throw, including some dazzling passes that only a small number of NFL quarterbacks can make. Accurate deep passer and has excellent touch overall. Flashes good to very good accuracy on in-breaking routes over the middle. A terror when he runs with the ball - he's much faster than his frame would indicate and can be a bullish runner as needed. Has a smooth, gliding style of running with deceptive top-end speed.


Isn't the sum of his parts and did not make noticeable improvements to his game in 2012. Needs work on his setup and delivery. While possessing plenty of arm strength, he has a noticeable hitch in his delivery which gives defenders an extra split second to react and limits Manuel's effectiveness in the "quick" game. Has a tendency to stare down primary target. Average accuracy in the pocket and will get "happy feet" when pressured. Very boor ball security when on the move.

Earned Parade All-American honors and was a member of the PrepStar Dream Team

participated in the Under Armour All-Star game

accounted for nearly 7,400 yards and 68 touchdowns in his high school career

earned All-Tidewater district honors and was a Group AAA second-team All-State selection.

Member of the Seminole Student Boosters

rated the No. 2 quarterback in the country as a high school senior by multiple recruiting outlets

chose FSU over LSU, Oregon, Tennessee and Alabama, among others

born March 19, 1990.

Physical Attributes:

Proj Rd: 1-2
Height: 6-5
Weight: 237.0
Forty: 4.59
Arm: 35.0
Hand: 10 3/8
Wingspan: --

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Combine Results:

Cone: 7.08
Bench: --
Shuttle: 4.21
10: 1.64
20: 2.6
40: 4.59
BJ: 09'10"
VJ: 34.0