By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist
No. 57: April 25, 2013 – The Bills trade a first-round draft choice in 2013 and a third-round draft choice in 2013 (T.J. McDonald) to St. Louis for a first-round draft choice in 2013 (EJ Manuel), a second-round draft choice in 2013 (Kiko Alonso), a third-round draft choice in 2013 (Marquise Goodwin), and a seventh-round draft choice in 2013 (Chris Gragg).
The Bills thought they had everything so planned out. After a 6-10 season in 2012, Buffalo was ready to move on from Ryan Fitzpatrick as the starting quarterback. The eventual replacement was scheduled to come from the college draft.
But first, there was the matter of acquiring some extra picks in that draft by moving down. So the Bills dealt their first- and third-round choices to St. Louis for a first, second, third and seventh. Then the Bills took the man they wanted in the first round, EJ Manuel.
But they didn’t plan on coming up relatively empty on Manuel, who was rated as a fifth-round choice by another NFL team. At least Kiko Alonso had a good year and then was turned into running back LeSean McCoy, and Marquise Goodwin had a couple of good moments as a wide receiver between injuries. But Manuel’s play made this deal less important than it could have been.
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