Manuel’s phone a hot line at draft

The Buffalo Bills surprised fans across the country when they
took former Florida State signal caller EJ Manuel with the 16th
pick of the NFL Draft, making him the only quarterback picked in
Thursday night’s first round.

The selection didn’t necessarily come as a shock to
Manuel, however, as he had previously indicated that the Bills were
among the teams interested in his services. But he was most
definitely stunned when his phone rang while Miami was picking at
No. 3 and a stranger mistakenly congratulated him on becoming the
newest member of the Dolphins.

Manuel recounted the awkward exchange Friday during an
appearance on the Dan Patrick Show.

“When Dion Jordan got selected, someone called my hotline
phone that was there at the draft,” Manuel told Patrick.
“I think they were looking for Dion, but I got excited
because I heard it ring. I was like, Man, that’s a prank call
right there.’

“Somebody was like ‘Congratulations, buddy,’
and I was like, ‘Aw thanks, appreciate it, who’s
this?’” Manuel added. “They were like, ‘Is this
Dion?’ and I said ‘No sir,’ and then they hung up. That was kind of
rough, but nonetheless, I got picked later on, so it was all

The misdialed call happened a second time before the Bills
finally made him their man.

According to USA Today,
phone rang
again when the Cleveland Browns — a team that
gave serious consideration to Manuel earlier in the draft process
— picked LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo at No. 6.

It was the same guy, calling the same wrong number.