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After EJ Manuel's departure, Bills have nothing* left to show from '13 draft

EJ Manuel's departure from the Buffalo Bills became official Monday when the quarterback signed with the Oakland Raiders.

Manuel will go down in history as one of the Bills' biggest draft busts. The former first-round draft pick started just 17 games over four seasons, with a 6-11 record. He threw for 3,502 yards, 19 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 27 total appearances.

The Bills traded down in the first round, from eighth to 16th, before making Manuel the first quarterback selected in 2013. It was not a good year, to say the least, for the position in the draft. As Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer pointed out Monday, of the 11 quarterbacks drafted, only Steelers backup Landry Jones is still a part of his original team.

With Manuel's departure, the Bills now have no current players on their roster among the eight who were drafted in 2013. The list looks like this:

• First round: Manuel, 16th overall
• Second round: WR Robert Woods, 41st overall
• Second round: LB Kiko Alonso, 48th overall
• Third round: WR Marquise Goodwin, 76th overall
• Fourth round: S Duke Williams, 105th overall
• Fifth round: S Jonathan Meeks, 143rd overall
• Sixth round: K Dustin Hopkins, 177th overall
• Seventh round: TE Chris Gragg, 222nd overall

Woods is by far the most accomplished player in the class, with 203 catches for 2,451 yards and 12 touchdowns in 48 starts over four years. He got a four-year contract worth potentially $39 million with his hometown Los Angeles Rams.

Goodwin signed with the San Francisco 49ers earlier this month after a disappointing career in Buffalo that saw him finish with just 49 catches for 780 yards and six touchdowns in 39 games. Williams was released during the 2016 season and eventually hooked on with the Indianapolis Colts. Meeks, who carved out a role on special teams for the Bills in 2016, remains an unrestricted free agent.

Hopkins lost a competition to Dan Carpenter for the kicking job in 2013 and never played for the Bills. He has spent the past two seasons with Washington.

Gragg spent all of 2016 on injured reserve after suffering a torn ACL in training camp. He's an unrestricted free agent, as well.

If there is a saving grace for the 2013 class, it's that Alonso turned into running back LeSean McCoy. The Bills traded the linebacker to Philadelphia before the 2015 season, and McCoy has been Buffalo's best offensive player the past two years, racking up 2,162 rushing yards, 82 catches for 648 receiving yards and 19 total touchdowns over the past two years. That explains the asterisk when saying the 2013 class has nothing left to show for it.

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