Garoppolo invited to attend NFL Draft

Garoppolo invited to attend NFL Draft

<p>Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is one of 30 prospects who has officially accepted an invitation to the NFL Draft set next month.</p>

Charleston, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is one of 30 prospects who has officially accepted an invitation to the NFL Draft set next month.

The three-day draft will be held from May 8-10 at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

Garoppolo, who won the 2013 Walter Payton Award as the outstanding player in the FCS, is a rare FCS player invited to the draft by the NFL.

South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and UCF quarterback Blake Bortles highlight the list of players. Alabama and Texas A&M tied for the most players invited to the draft with three each.

The NFL has typically limited invites to those considered near locks to go in the first round, but it has increased the number of invites this year. A small handful of players did not accept invitations.

Prospects attending the 2014 NFL Draft:

Odell Beckham, WR, LSU

Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri

Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois

Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota

Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State

Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama

Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana

Marqise Lee, WR, USC

Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo

Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt

Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia

C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama

Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville

Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State

Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

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