It happened to me when I was coming out of college and I’ve heard hundreds of other NFL prospects, talk about how a team told them they were going to draft them, only to disappoint them when the team had the chance to follow through on their words.
Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel seems to be headed for a major disappointment. He thinking that one of a number of teams will draft him. Hopefully he won’t have his heart broken.
“They want me pretty bad”, Manuel responded to a question about the Eagles interest in him, according to Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com.
“But I think it’s just a matter of who takes me first, because I know the Eagles may want me, the Cleveland Browns may want me, the Buffalo Bills and the Jets,” he said. “I think those are all sequential picks, you know what I mean, within those top 13 picks or whatever. I’m just hoping one team loves me, because really, that’s all you need, one team to fall in love with you.”
Personally, I think the Eagles like Geno Smith much better than Manuel, but are just trying to give other teams a head fake. Remember that Jeffrey Lurie didn’t go down to see Manuel’s workout.