In the biggest shock of the first round of the NFL Draft so far, the Bills selected former Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel with the No. 16 pick on Thursday night.

To say that this was a surprise is putting it mildly. Hardly anybody would have guessed Manuel would have been selected before West Virginia's Geno Smith or Syracuse's Ryan Nassib.

But, apparently, new Bills coach Doug Marrone found something that he liked in the former Seminoles standout instead of Nassib, his own former player.

"We are excited about adding him to our team," Marrone said. "I think one of the things that you see when he walks into a room is just his presence. And again, he had great leadership ability at Florida St. He can throw the football vertically down the field, he has a good arm, he can get himself out of trouble, he can create things with his feet, he has good presence in the huddle, and he's accurate."

Manuel's father Erik is close friends with Bruce Smith. The Bills' Hall of Fame defensive end, who coincidentally is EJ Manuel's godfather, gave him some pointers on the team and the city of Buffalo before his visit with the team.

"He was just giving me some facts and some background on the team before I went up and met with those guys," Manuel said. "I know Bruce is extremely excited and he sounded just as excited as I am."