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EJ Manuel's ability to handle bad weather evidently was a factor in the Buffalo Bills' decision to use their first-round draft pick on the quarterback.
Bills coach Doug Marrone revealed in an interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio that Manuel impressed Buffalo's brass by throwing the ball well during an extremely windy thunderstorm at a private workout in Tallahassee, Fla.
Marrone said that Manuel's performance in the wet, windy conditions helped convince the Bills that the former Florida State star would be able to handle inclement weather in Buffalo, especially in December and January.
Manuel became only the third quarterback Buffalo has ever selected in the first round, and fills a need that's been unsettled since Hall of Famer Jim Kelly retired after the 1996 season. He becomes the new face of a franchise that hasn't made the playoffs in 13 seasons -- the NFL's longest active drought.