E.J. Manuel first QB taken -- by Bills!

QB E.J. Manuel holds up a Bills jersey after being selected 16th overall in the 2013 NFL Draft in...

QB E.J. Manuel holds up a Bills jersey after being selected 16th overall in the 2013 NFL Draft in New York on Thursday, April 25, 2013. (Adam Hunger/Reuters)

JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:34 AM ET

NEW YORK - E.J. Manuel was the first -- and only -- quarterback taken on Day 1 of the 2013 NFL draft.

And he's the first ever selected by the Buffalo Bills with their first pick -- in any of the franchise's 54 drafts! Seriously.

"I had a great feeling about Buffalo," the 6-foot-4, 237-pound native of Virginia Beach, Va., said in an interview in a side hallway of Radio City Music Hall.

"I thought when I met with them I was able to show them my football intellect, and what I could do on and off the field. And I think they trust me to come in and represent them as they want me to, as far as the whole franchise."

Most people figured the quarterback-desperate Bills would pick a signal-caller, but the club got creative in doing so.

The Bills started the day with only six picks -- not enough to fill all their yawning holes.


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