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Whaley weighs in on Manziel

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Buffalo: Whaley weighs in on Manziel
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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Bills general manager Doug Whaley says they don't plan on drafting a quarterback in the first round this year heading into year two with EJ Manuel. But there are certainly some intriguing prospects out there, headlined by Johnny Manziel.

The Heisman Trophy winner as a freshman at Texas A&M, Manziel has incredible athleticism and electrifying playmaking ability with both his arm and his legs. He threw for 63 touchdowns and ran for 30 more in two seasons for the Aggies.

But he's only 6 feet tall, short by NFL QB standards, and there questions are about his playing style and maturity.

Whaley wouldn't say whether he thinks Manziel can be a franchise signal caller, but did say he's a special talent.

"Right now I wouldn’t be surprised if he was a star, but I also wouldn’t be surprised if it didn’t translate," Whaley said. "With the success Russell Wilson has had with the lack of height and Drew Brees, that lends more credence to the fact you have to take this guy seriously. Stature in his game is not something you want to lean on, but his improvisation and his playmaking skills, that’s what you have to lean on and put more weight into." ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP