The Florida State quarterback—who was picked 16th by the Bills—was the only signal-caller taken in the first round of last week's NFL draft.
How surprised were you to be the first quarterback taken?
EJ MANUEL: I really wasn't surprised. When I saw the Bills trade down from No. 8 to No. 16, I thought they were going to take a quarterback and I was hoping it was me.
Did you tell your friends not to call you during the first round?
EM: I didn't have to. Everybody understood the situation. It's funny, at the third pick someone called my hotline phone looking for [Oregon defensive end] Dion [Jordan]. I got excited because I heard it ring.
You thought the call was for you?
EM: Someone said, "Congratulations, buddy." I was like, "Thanks, I appreciate it. Who is this?" They said, "Is this Dion?" I said, "No, sir," and he hung up. That was kind of rough.
How was the mood in the greenroom?