E.J. Manuel Says He Is Best In Class

February 23rd, 2013

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Joe has no idea if Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel will be a success in the NFL much less have any type of football career. Joe has seen projections of Manuel as Day 2 pick to an undrafted free agent, a work in progress to a practice squad guy.

Joe can write this with certainty: Manuel is one of the most impressive college players Joe has dealt with. Confident, eloquent, polished, intelligent, Manuel oozes personality and is nothing but polite.

Manuel comes across like the type of guy you’d want your daughter to marry.

Manuel met with reporters Friday afternoon at the NFL Scouting Combine and he did his best to sell himself to teams as a completely versatile quarterback.

“Pro style? I wasn’t in a gun all the time. I knew how to do a cadence,” Manuel said. “I can tell there was a difference [with other quarterbacks]. At the Senior Bowl, they taught us stuff that I already knew. I’ve done some read-option. I know I can do it.

“I think I am the best quarterback in this class, no disrespect to anyone. I have proved I am consistent in my reads and my accuracy.”

Manuel can handle pressure it sure appears. He won four bowl games, the first when he was a freshman in the Gator Bowl in what was Bobby Bowden’s final game. The sidelines were ringed by greats of Florida State’s past. Don’t think there was pressure on the kid to pull out a win then?

(In that same game, Manuel out-dueled a guy named Geno Smith and West Virginia.)

Look, Joe hasn’t forgotten Greg Schiano’s decree for competition at all positions, though this week Schiano was adamant that Josh Freeman is locked in as the Bucs starter.

Would Manuel be a nice late-round pick up to sit and develop and watch the game behind Freeman? Joe could think of worse choices.

Meanwhile, Manuel, who was the Senior Bowl MVP, seemed to enjoy all the attention he has received at this week’s combine.

“I have watched the combine every year since I’ve had the NFL Network,” he said.

Joe has a pretty good idea that if this NFL thing doesn’t work out, Manuel will be a success at whatever he tries in life.

24 Responses to “E.J. Manuel Says He Is Best In Class”

  1. Justin P's Dwindling Radio "career" Says:

    As an FSU fan…he’s the one who stopped them from winning a National Championship. Poor decisions at the worst times

  2. Mr Lucky Says:

    Forget Manuel and really concentrate on tendering an offer to Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitz is a legit contender to start and he could be gotten for a reasonable price saving the draft picks for Defense.

    Personally I like Fitz over Free

  3. the_buc_realist Says:


    isn’t that what we have now?

  4. Mr Lucky Says:

    For you stat lovers:

    2011 Fitz: QB rating 79.1 Pass completion: 62%
    2011 Free QB rating 74.6 Pass completion:63%

    2012 Fitz: QB rating 83.3 Pass completion: 66%
    2012 Free QB rating 81.6 Pass completion: 55%

    Considering Fitz had a terrible O-line and no V-Jax think how much better Ryan would be in Tampa.

  5. Macabee Says:

    C’mon Mr Lucky,

    You can level with us, we’re your friends, Ryan Fitzpatrick aside, you’d take Ryan Leaf over Freeman.

    Don’t you trust our coach? He says Free is the man. Buy a ticket and get on board, this train’s leaving the station. lol

  6. the_buc_realist Says:

    Come on Joe, you can’t judge a guy by his college record. I mean look at Freeman. In college he was inconsistent, had accuracy, could beat sub .500 team and would lose to could teams. And look at him now!

  7. Justin P's Dwindling Radio "career" Says:

    @The_Buc_Realist (why do u use underscores??????) Anywho….I’ll take a leaping swan dive off the Sears Tower if the Bucs don’t sign Freeman to a 10 year deal (#5’s 2012 Highlights were just posted on YouTube….AMAZING!!!!!!!!)

  8. Justin P's Dwindling Radio "career" Says:

    @The_Buc_Realist (why do u use underscores??????) Anywho….I’ll take a leaping swan dive off the Sears Tower if the Bucs don’t sign Freeman to a 10 year deal (#5’s 2012 Highlights were just posted on YouTube….AMAZING!!!!!!!!)

  9. BadNewsBucs Says:

    EJ Manuel is Adrian McPherson reincarnated.

  10. Fatmosh Says:

    Man, Joe doesn’t even try to hide that he’s an FSU fan 😉

  11. Joe Says:

    LOL Realist, Freeman did not have accuracy in college. 🙂

  12. Joe Says:


    Please explain.

  13. Joe Says:

    EJ Manuel is Adrian McPherson reincarnated.

    Not exactly a terrible analogy, though McPherson was more of a runner, wasn’t he?

  14. TrueBlue Says:

    I’d spend a fifth round pick on Manuel. Maybe a four if we still had two when it came around. He was a mixed bag at Fla State. I have doubts whether he ever lives up to his potential, but he does have potential. He may yet mature into a good QB.

  15. PRBucFan Says:

    This article that breaks down the QBs for this years draft really was an interesting one that really opened my eyes to EJ, you might like it Joe.


  16. Snook Says:

    Anyone who’s watched more than one FSU game knows Manuel is garbage. Watch last year’s game against UF. He played like and made decisions like a freshman.

    We already have a crappy QB in Freeman. We don’t need another one.

  17. 4everBucsFan Says:

    I think Manuel will be gone before we decide to use a latter round draft pick. He’ll be taken by the 3rd round which at that time he won’t be on our radar. Just way too many other needs.

  18. 1976Buc Says:

    Not so sure the FSU woes in big games should be pinned on Manuel or the Head Coach. As seasons pass more and more of Jimbo Fisher’s control issues are coming out. He lost a lot of coaching staff this year because of it and a few players came out early, IMHO because of it.

  19. BadNewsBucs Says:

    @Joe McPherson looked more fluid running the rock, but he also had a cannon capable of pushing the rock downfield just like Manuel

  20. Pirate Phil Says:

    As a current fsu student this would be a HORRIBLE pick for the bucs. Ej plays good against bad teams and does crappy against good teams. He constantly throws off his back foot and single handedly lost the Florida game for us this year. Just because he won 4 bowl games isn’t a testament to him it’s because fsu’s defense is good. He is the same type of player as freeman so if you want more head aches then yes take him

  21. TampaBayTaylor Says:

    This shouldnt even be a topic anymore. EJ Manuel would not doing anything more special than what Josh Freeman is doing right now. PLEASE stop talking about wasting a pick on him. As for everyone believing Coach and him saying Freeman is “our guy”… yeah, for this year alone. There is nobody in FA or draft worthy of bringing in to be our future. Either Freeman leads us to the playoffs this year or Schiano makes the decision to move on and bring in a true QB, not a 6’6 project who was mediocre in college.

  22. Mr Lucky Says:


    I wouldn’t take Ryan Leaf over Freeman because Leaf doesn’t have the Jerry Curl look and can’t moonwalk.

    Other than that they’re pretty much the same.

  23. grif4foozball Says:


  24. Illuminati Says:

    E.J. has the exact same question marks as Free. They are practically clones. Which is exactly why we should draft him. One of them will be damned good eventually.