Update: Complete look at Bills draft selections

Update: Complete look at Bills draft selections
April 27, 2013, 6:30 pm
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FOXBORO -- A look at what Buffalo has done in the 2013 NFL draft.


Round 1 - No. 16: Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel


Round 2 - No. 41: USC wide receiver Robert Woods
Round 2 - No. 46: Oregon inside linebacker Kiko Alonso

Round 3 - No. 78: Texas wide receiver Marquise Goodwin


Round 4 - No. 105: Nevada free safety Duke Williams

Round 5 - No. 143: Clemson defensive back Jonathan Meeks

Round 6 - No. 177: Florida State kicker Dustin Hopkins

Round 7 - No. 222: Arkansas tight end Chris Gragg

So it's E.J. Manuel the Bills have heaped their latest franchise quarterback hopes on.

It's no stretch to say the pick, at 16 overall, was a surprise. Most analysts expected Buffalo to take Syracuse product Ryan Nassib, who played for new Bills head coach Doug Marrone in college. But Manuel was The One and prayers have been raised it'll pay off.

Marrone's face will likely be turned toward the sky for longer than most. Finding out that Ryan Fitzpatrick was a bust after the QB inked a $59 million contract is part of why Chan Gailey got the boot.

Manuel is used to winning. The 6-4, 237-pound signal caller went 25-6 in four years at Florida State. In his senior season, he completed 263 of 387 passes for 3,397 yards, 23 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. Also a ground threat, he added 827 rushing yards and 11 TDs of his own.

Buffalo's other early picks appear solid.

The receiving corps bulked up with Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin. Woods is projected to start opposite Stevie Johnson and Goodwin could pair with T.J. Graham. With C.J. Spiller still in the mix, this group has both speed and possession receivers that will hurt opponents all over the field.

Tight end is a different story.

Scott Chandler's blown ACL might keep him from starting the season on time. As insurance, Buffalo spent its seventh round pick on 6-3, 244-pound Arkansas product Chris Gragg. Though a strong runner who can muscle out some yards after the catch, Gragg has been hampered by injuries to both his left ankle and a knee. He played just five games his senior year and caught 22 passes for 289 yards and three touchdowns.

With Jairus Byrd remaining unsigned after being hit with the franchise tag, safeties Duke Williams and Jonathan Meeks provide depth. Buffalo overlooked Williams' character concerns (a 2009 arrest for underage possession of alcohol and a 2011 arrest for driving with a suspended license) in favor of his 5-11, 201-pound frame and sprinter speed.

Meeks, 6-foot-1, 210 pounds, provides versatility to play either strong or free safety. He had 157 tackles, seven interceptions and 13 pass breakups in 50 career games for Clemson.

Interestingly, another defensive selection, linebacker Kristian 'Kiko' Alonso, also owns an alcohol-related arrest. Alonso missed the entire 2010 Ducks season because of suspension. No matter; he could be a starting middle linebacker in Mike Pettine's hybrid Buffalo defense.

Didn't have Dustin Hopkins on your radar? The plight of the kicker. Hopkins, 6-2, 193-pounds, was one of the best in the country. The pick may not be glamorous, but it's wise considering current Bills kicker Rian Lindell is 36 years old.