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NFL Draft Report

By Joe Buscaglia

FSU's Benjamin says Bills' Manuel, FSU's Winston are similar off-the-field

In April of 2013, the Buffalo Bills selected quarterback EJ Manuel as their new hope for the future of the franchise.

In January of 2014, his freshman replacement at Florida State led a very similarly talented team to the school's first national championship since 1999. It's led to the exclamation from some -- not all -- fans of the Bills that their team drafted the wrong Seminoles quarterback.

One of the more intriguing prospects in the draft this year is wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin who hails from, you guessed it, Florida State. He had two seasons on the field in Tallahassee.

His first year, EJ Manuel threw him the ball. In his second, it was Jameis Winston. How might he compare the two?

"You really can't. They're totally two different types of guys," Benjamin said of their on-field prowess, but remarked off-the-field that they're actually quite similar. "But at the end of the day, they care about their team. That most of all. They care about their receivers, really. EJ and Jameis, off-the-field problems, you can go to them with anything. They'll be there to talk to you. You want to borrow a couple of bucks from them? They'll take it out their pockets and give it to you. That's the type of guys they are."

That falls right in line with the leadership qualities Manuel was touted to have, in which he was described as a player his teammates gravitate toward. Now the Bills are just hoping the on-field production will improve to match his off-the-field persona.

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