BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - There are high hopes Friday morning for Buffalo's number one draft pick, in what's being call the biggest shocker of the first round. The Bills chose quarterback EJ Manuel from Florida State with their first pick of the 2013 draft.
After trading the team's number eight pick to Saint Louis, the Bills surprised some fans and analysts alike with their sixteenth pick.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said, "With the sixteenth pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the Buffalo Bills select EJ Manuel, quarterback from Florida State."
Manuel, a 6'5" 240 pounder, will compete with Kevin Kolb and Tavaris Jackson for the Bills starting job. Experts thought the Bills would go for Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib, since his former coach Doug Marone is now the head coach for the Bills.
ESPN's Sports Science examined the speed and accuracy of Manuel, see results below:
Manuel is a Virginia native, and said the cold weather doesn't bother him.
"Ya know the cold isn't a problem, it's still football at the end of the day," Manuel said.
When a reporter asked him about all of the snow in Buffalo, he replied, "Hey, I'll get my shovel."
Friday night's first round was a strange one. It is the first time since 1963 that a running back wasn't selected in the first round. The first seven picks were either offensive or defensive linemen. The second round begins Friday at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN.
There is another Lake Effect Snow Warning in effect for Erie, Wyoming, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties from Thursday through early Friday.
A 26-year-old male employee of Ying's Wings and Things told police that Haibo Jiang, also known as Jimmy Ying, choked him until he passed out.
A Good Samaritan died Wednesday while trying to assist the driver of a tractor trailer who got stuck in the snow.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will stop in Buffalo to make an announcement about a sustainable homes program.
State Education Commissioner John King is on his way to Buffalo. He is coming for a forum on the Common Core curriculum, downtown Thursday.
The Jo Bros are playing at Kissmas Bash Thursday night at the First Niagara Center. But the band split in September, saying there’s a deep rift.