Ithaca, NY (WBNG Binghamton) It's the night kids across the country dream about. For 32 players, their dreams of being drafted into the NFL will come true on Thursday night, as the first round of the draft takes place. For a couple of local products, they'll likely have to wait a little longer.
One of them is Cornell senior quarterback Jeff Mathews. During his college career, he broke nearly every Ivy League passing record.
Now, he looks to become the first Ivy League quarterback drafted since Harvard's Ryan Fitzpatrick back in 2005.
For Mathews, the moment is a bit surreal.
"I've had so many unbelievable opportunities here and they've all kind of led to this," said Mathews. "I don't know, as a freshman I always wanted an opportunity to play in the NFL and always worked for it, but to actually be here at this point is pretty special."
Mathews likely won't be selected until the weekend.
Meanwhile, Johnson City grad DaQuan Jones could go as early as Friday, in the third round. Multiple projections have him going somewhere in the picks 60-65 range.
The second and third rounds of the draft take place on Friday night with the rest of the picks being made on Saturday.