TALLAHASSEE -- As his draft stock continues to trend upward, former Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel will have yet another chance to show off his football smarts to NFL fans in April when he takes part in ESPN's "Gruden QB Camp."

In a news release distributed Thursday by ESPN, the cable sports network announced it was renewing the series that has been part of its pre-draft coverage for the last three years. In a monthlong series that begins April 4, nine quarterbacks and another three non-quarterbacks will go through a series of meetings in the video room and on the football field as they take advice from former NFL head coach Jon Gruden.

The individual episodes will air on ESPN2, the network's flagship "SportsCenter" show and on other ESPN properties. The first episode airs at 8:30 p.m. on April 4 on ESPN2.

Manuel will be the first former FSU player to appear on the show in its four-year existence.

Joining Manuel on the show will be eight other quarterbacks who also are part of this year's draft. Matt Barkley (Southern Cal), Tyler Bray (Tennessee), Zac Dysert (Miami, O.H.), Mike Glennon (North Carolina State), Landry Jones (Oklahoma), Ryan Nassib (Syracuse), Geno Smith (West Virginia) and Tyler Wilson (Arkansas) also will be shown.

In slightly different episodes, former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, former Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel and former South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore also will appear. Te'o was considered the nation's top linebacker last season, finishing second in the Heisman Trophy voting to Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.

Joeckel was the Outland Trophy award winner who helped open holes for the athletic Manziel. Lattimore is bouncing back from offseason surgery following a serious knee injury suffered during a game against Tennessee last season. It was one of the ugliest looking injuries in football last year.

Currently, Manuel is rated the sixth-best quarterback by CBS Sports' NFLdraftscout.com. He is being projected as a second-round selection.

Next week, Manuel will join 12 other former Seminoles at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. Following a Senior Bowl showing that landed him the game's MVP honors, the signal-caller is hoping his efforts at the Combine continues sending his draft stock soaring.

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