Former Florida State star EJ Manuel made out better than many people expected in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday. The Buffalo Bills selected him with the 16th overall pick, and he ended up being the only quarterback taken in the first 32 selections. However, there was a brief moment when Manuel thought the night was going to turn out even better.
Just before the Miami Dolphins announced that they had selected Oregon linebacker Dion Jordan with the third overall pick, Manuel got a phone call. He told “The Dan Patrick Show” on Wednesday that it turned out to be the wrong number.
“When Dion Jordan got selected, someone called my hotline phone that was there at the draft,” Manuel said. “They were looking for Dion, but obviously I got excited because I heard it right. So I was like, man, that’s a prank call right here.”
The Dolphins drafted Ryan Tannehill last season and he is going to be the team’s starter this year, so that would have made little sense. That being said, everything happens so quickly at the draft that you hardly have time to think. For a split second, Manuel was probably stunned thinking he was selected in the top five of the draft. We already made it clear that we were shocked he was taken with the 16th pick, let alone in the top three.
It sounds like it was an honest mistake, albeit a cruel one. At least no one played a horrible prank on Manuel like the one former Rutgers receiver Mohamed Sanu had to deal with last year.
H/T Shutdown Corner