Georgia’s Aaron Murray and LSU’s Zach Mettenberger, from Oconee County High School, weren’t among the five quarterbacks picked in the first three rounds of the NFL draft.
Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron also is still available after 100 picks have been completed.
No Georgia players were picked in the first three rounds for the first time since 2008. Defensive end Marcus Howard was the first pick that year in the fifth round to Indianapolis.
Murray spent Friday with his family and girlfriend at Busch Gardens in his hometown of Tampa and then they hit a sports-themed restaurant at night when the draft was held and got in some bowling.
ESPN had a camera on Murray sitting and watching the draft early in the third round.
“At the end of the day, I just want to be picked by a team and put in the right situation,” Murray said at Georgia’s Pro Day last month. “Be put in a situation where the scheme fits me and my abilities and what I’m able to do on the field and a great coaching staff that’s willing to work with me and push me every day to make me better.”
Both Murray and Mettenberger are coming off torn ACLs late in their senior seasons.
Mettenberger, who was dismissed from Georgia after redshirting as a freshman, was listed as the best available player on NFL Network’s Mike Mayock’s list as the third round wound down.
“Remember 16 weeks removed from an ACL, bad back and a diluted sample at the combine,” Mayock said.
Former NFL quarterback Rich Gannon said prior to the draft on the CBS Sports Network that Murray, the Southeastern Conference’s career passing yardage leader, reminds him of Cincinnati’s Andy Dalton in terms of college experience and not the greatest arm strength.
“I really like this guy,” Gannon said. “He’s played a lot of football in the best conference of all of football, the SEC, 52 starts. The guy has good anticipation on throws. His creativity, his mobility is very good. I know he’s coming off an ACL, but I just think he’s probably mentally as ready as any quarterback coming out of the draft. I don’t think he’s maybe going to be a Pro Bowl caliber player in year two or three, but in the right situation, the right system, this guy can function and be productive.”
Three quarterbacks were taken in Friday’s first round: UCF’s Blake Bortles (Jacksonville), Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel (Cleveland), Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater (Minnesota).
Fresno State’s Derek Carr went to Oakland with the fourth pick of the second round and Eastern Illinois’s Jimmy Garoppolo was picked by New England with the 62nd overall pick.
Murray wasn’t projected generally as a top-five quarterback.
Tight end Arthur Lynch from Georgia is also expected to be selected on Saturday. Seven tight ends already have been selected.
Defensive end Garrison Smith and offensive linemen Kenarious Gates, Chris Burnette and Dallas Lee are among former Bulldogs hoping to also get picked Saturday.