EJ Manuel, Buffalo Bills to schedule private workout

  • By Marc Sessler
  • Updated: March 23, 2013 at 11:46 a.m.



When Tarvaris Jackson tops the depth chart and your new head coach can't name the backup, it's time to go hunting for a quarterback.When Tarvaris Jackson tops the depth chart and your new head coach can't name the backup, it's time to go hunting for a quarterback.

the Buffalo Bills tweeted that the team is scheduled to hold a private workout with Florida State's EJ Manuel on Saturday. This comes one day after the Bills were slated to work out West Virginia's Geno Smith.

Smith is regarded widely as the top prospect under center, but Manuel has risen in the eyes of Mike Mayock, the NFL Network draft analyst who vaulted the mobile signal-caller to No. 2, behind Smith, on his position-by-position rankings. Manuel is seen as a raw but intriguing athlete with experience in the read-option.

"You know I don't like this quarterback class, so if I'm going to make a mistake, I finally decided I'm going to make a mistake with a kid with size, arm talent and athletic ability, and I think that's what Manuel has," Mayock said earlier this month.

This quarterback group is underwhelming, but new Bills coach Doug Marrone is aware his cupboard is bare at the position. If you're looking for a team primed to reach for a ho-hum passer on draft day, look no further than Buffalo at No. 8.