New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - No team reached out for Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in the first round of the NFL Draft Thursday night, but the second of three days should get busier for prospects from the FCS.
Garoppolo, who won the 2013 Walter Payton Award as the outstanding player in the FCS, is considered the leading prospect from the lower half of Division I, projected for the second round.
Rounds 2 and 3 will be held Friday night at Radio City Music Hall.
Up to six FCS players are legitimate candidates to be selected before the end of Round 3. In addition to Garoppolo, Furman offensive guard Dakota Dozier, North Dakota State offensive tackle Billy Turner, Princeton defensive tackle Caraun Reid, Montana outside linebacker Jordan Tripp and Towson running back Terrance West, who entered the draft as a junior, are the most coveted FCS players.
The absence of an FCS player in the first round means there hasn't been one selected there since 2008, when the Arizona Cardinals took cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie of Tennessee State with the 16th pick and Baltimore went with quarterback Joe Flacco with the 18th pick.
Rounds 4 through 7 will be held Saturday.