Feb 24, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Florida State Seminoles quarterback EJ Manuel participates in a passing drill during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets Draft Profile: QB EJ Manuel

Tonight, as we continue to profile potential Jets’ draftees, we move to the quarterback position. We all know the Jets are going to target QB’s, probably in the middle rounds. One name that has turned up in connection with the Jets, and when asked, picked the Jets as one of the teams likely to choose him, is who we are going to take a look at. Tonight we look at Florida State Seminoles’ quarterback EJ Manuel.


EJ measured in at 6’5″, 235 pounds. He ran a 4.65 forty yard dash, to lead the combine at the position.

Here are his stats while at Florida State:

2012 221 328 2967 67.4 9.05 77 22 9 23 160.0
2011 203 311 2666 65.3 8.57 68 18 8 33 151.2
2010 65 93 861 69.9 9.26 53 4 4 4 153.3
2009 69 106 817 65.1 7.71 43 2 6 5 124.7

Check out his entire NFL Mocks profile by clicking here.

Here is video on EJ Manuel from a game against Clemson:

PROS: EJ has quite the strong arm, this is without doubt. He can make all of the throws that he needs to make, and throws a pretty tight spiral when doing so. He has quick feet, which he is quite effective at using to get out of trouble. I like his ball handling skills on the play fake as well.

CONS: When EJ steps into his throws they look great. The trouble is, he doesn’t step into them all of the time. His mechanics are not consistent. He throws with a hard step forward sometimes, he is flat footed at other times, and off his back foot at others. He can get away with it in college, but in the NFL it just won’t happen. He also has a “con” that nobody who reads my stuff will be surprised about. You all know by now, how I feel about read option quarterbacks. Until I see more success I still find it to be a gimmick and not an NFL style of play. I like my quarterbacks to be standard, drop back quarterbacks. Maybe I will learn, we shall see.

I think EJ Manuel could be a good quarterback for the New York Jets, with some conditions. He is worth a look in the 3rd round-ish, but David Lee needs to be able to work with him. He needs to be able to rectify EJ’s inconsistencies. If he is, Manuel could potentially have a great future.

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  • http://twitter.com/Chop9399Chat Chop Chat

    He’ll never last until the third round. Great article, though. Peter King just wrote this morning that EJ might be a late first rounder.

    • TheJetPress

      thanks……that would be far too early on Manuel IMO, but hey, what do I know?

      • http://twitter.com/Chop9399Chat Chop Chat

        EJ is a great kid and worthy pick. Lower risk and more talent than Blaine Gabbert.

        • TheJetPress

          It’s not saying much to say he has more talent than Blain Gabbert, I am sure he will turn into an excellent nfl qb though

  • Jeremy Gant

    if we trade rives i’d trade back for a late first and 2nd the draft him late 1st i think he’s worth the pick

    • TheJetPress

      I didn’t like what I saw on film enough to have him go that high.

  • blastingzone

    I just read another blog and there was a lot of comments regarding Manual and one
    of the guys posted a high light video from you tube on Manual and this kid can
    throw and he can run! He reminds me of Brad Smith but with a much stronger arm!
    Its a better video than the one you posted and really shows you what this kid can
    do! I doubt he will be there past the late first or after the beginning of the second
    round? I think this kid can and will compete for the QB job because the other two
    main guys are very Iffy and unless one of them really steps up I don’t see why
    Manual can’t compete after all its not like we have Luck at QB!! I like this kid
    better than Geno Smith!

    • TheJetPress

      You could be right on how early EJ will go, it’s hard to say. There are so many differing opinions on this QB class. He probably would play well for us, I just wasn’t convinced.

  • blastingzone

    Of course as I’m about to leave your websight I see the correct spelling of Manuel’s
    name! I’m Bad!!

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