Bills take QB Manuel, bypass Smith, Nassib

Updated: April 25, 2013, 10:14 PM ET

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — After trading down, the Buffalo Bills still landed the player they desired, selecting Florida State Seminoles quarterback EJ Manuel with the 16th pick in the NFL draft.

Manuel became the first quarterback selected on Thursday, and filled a big need for a Bills team that’s rebuilding under new coach Doug Marrone. Manuel was the most accurate passer at Florida State, where he completed nearly 67 percent of his passes.

Listed at 6-foot-4 and 237 pounds, Manuel has a strong arm, is mobile and went 25-6 in four years with the Seminoles.

Before making their first selection at eighth overall, the Bills swung a trade with St. Louis.

Aside from swapping first-round picks, Buffalo also acquired the Rams’ second- and seventh-round selections (46th and 222nd overall). The teams also exchanged third-round picks.

Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press

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