E.J. Manuel – first QB selected in draft, 16th overall in first round by Buffalo Bills
Kyle Long – selected 20th overall in the first round by Chicago Bears
Nick Moody – selected 180th overall in sixth round by San Francisco 49ers
If you didn’t already have a reason to turn on the 2013 NFL Draft tonight, and over the next few days, now you do. Pi Kappa Alpha, it’s 15,000 undergraduate members and more than 120,000 living alumni are wishing the best of luck to all five potential draftees: E.J. Manuel (Florida State, Delta Lambda ’10), Lonnie Pryor (Florida State, Delta Lambda ’09), Nick Moody (Florida State, Delta Lambda ’10), Greg Reid (Florida State, Delta Lambda ’10), and Kyle Long (Florida State, Delta Lambda ’08).
Delta Lambda SMC Austin Albury is sorry to see three good Brothers leave the chapter, but he’s happy they’re on the verge of beginning careers in the National Football League. “They’re great guys,” says Albury. “They’re at the house all the time. Nick is a serious guy, Lonnie is the clown, and E.J. is like everyone’s older big brother.”
Manuel is a highly touted quarterback prospect in this year’s draft. Ranked third among all quarterbacks, it’s anticipated he will be a first or second round pick, according to CBS Sports. Manuel finished up a stellar career at Florida State by securing MVP honors in the 2012 Senior Bowl.
Equally as impressive with the numerous accolades won throughout his career at FSU, Lonnie Pryor is holding strong as the second ranked fullback in 2013 draft. Lonnie was awarded Orange Bowl MVP honors, and was a standout leader on and off the field for the Seminoles.
Both Pryor and Manuel were captains of the 2013 BCS Orange Bowl champion squad.
Linebacker Nick Moody and cornerback Greg Reid are highly touted prospects at their respective positions and are projected to be drafted this year. Reid led the nation in punt-return yardage as a freshman and was recognized as the 2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl MVP.
Offensive lineman Kyle Long originally attended Florida State in 2008 to play baseball, this past season he emerged as a standout offensive player for the University of Oregon.
Delta Lambda is renowned for its highly successful athletic recruitment practices. Varsity athletes bring an entirely unique dynamic to the chapter, and are afforded an opportunity for brotherhood and friendships away from their teams.