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E.J. Manuel: Eagles 'want me pretty bad'

4/24/2013 6:54:58 PM
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No quarterback’s stock has soared more going into the final week of pre-draft workouts than Florida State's E.J. Manuel, who months ago was viewed as a second-day pick who might last into the third or fourth round, Geoff Mosher of CSN Philadelphia reports.

Last month, NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock elevated the former Florida State quarterback to No. 2 in his quarterback rankings behind West Virginia’s Smith. Interest shown by the Eagles, Browns, Bills and Jets -- each of which select in the top 15 -- suggest that Manuel’s draft ceiling is much higher than initially thought.

Asked how interested he thought the Eagles were in drafting him, Manuel confidently boasted, “They want me pretty bad.”

“But I think it’s just a matter of who takes me first, because I know the Eagles may want me, the Cleveland Browns may want me, the Buffalo Bills and the Jets,” he said. “I think those are all sequential picks, you know what I mean, within those top 13 picks or whatever. I’m just hoping one team loves me, because really, that’s all you need, one team to fall in love with you.”

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