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

good.”

The misdialed call happened a second time before the Bills

finally made him their man.

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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.