Kiper has 27 from FCS in draft's top 300

(STATS) - The face of NFL draft analysis likes the look of FCS prospects this year.

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr., one of the original national draft experts, includes 27 FCS players in his top 300 rankings heading into the three-day draft which begins Thursday night. There will be 256 selections over seven rounds.

Included in Kiper's top 100 are South Dakota State tight end Dallas Goedert (No. 31), Richmond quarterback Kyle Lauletta (79) and South Carolina State linebacker Darius Leonard (94). Kiper's FCS top five is rounded out by Northern Iowa wide receiver Daurice Fountain (111) and Stony Brook offensive tackle Timon Parris (133).

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FCS Bracketology
STATS FCS Poll
Rankings as of 1/8/2018
Rank School Votes Prev
1 North Dakota State (14-1) 3950 (158) 4
2 James Madison (14-1) 3788 1
3 South Dakota State (11-3) 3512 6
4 Sam Houston State (12-2) 3508 5
5 Weber State (11-3) 3045 11
6 Wofford (10-3) 2964 8
7 North Carolina A&T (12-0) 2830 7
8 Kennesaw State (12-2) 2748 18
9 Jacksonville State (10-2) 2700 2
10 Central Arkansas (10-2) 2560 3
11 Stony Brook (10-3) 2155 10
12 New Hampshire (9-5) 2141 21
13 Western Illinois (8-4) 1857 9
14 Southern Utah (9-3) 1831 12
15 South Dakota (8-5) 1765 16
16 Grambling State (11-2) 1451 13
17 UNI (8-5) 1365 20
18 Samford (8-4) 1302 14
19 Furman (8-5) 1297 22
20 Elon (8-4) 1117 15
21 Eastern Washington (7-4) 693 17
22 McNeese (9-2) 675 19
23 San Diego (10-3) 552 NR
24 Yale (9-1) 299 24
25 Nicholls (8-4) 293 NR
FCS Coaches Poll
Rankings as of 1/8/2018
Rank School Prev
1 North Dakota State (14-1) 4
2 James Madison (14-1) 1
3 Sam Houston State (12-2) 5
4 South Dakota State (11-3) 6
5 Weber State (11-3) 8
6 North Carolina A&T (12-0) 7
7 Wofford (10-3) 9
8 Central Arkansas (10-2) 3
9 Kennesaw State (12-2) 16
10 Jacksonville State (10-2) 2
11 Stony Brook (10-3) 11
12 Western Illinois (8-4) 10
13 Southern Utah (9-3) 13
14 Grambling State (11-2) 12
15 New Hampshire (9-5) 20
16 South Dakota (8-5) 18
17 Samford (8-4) 14
18 McNeese (9-2) 15
19 UNI (8-5) 21
20 Furman (8-5) 25
21 Elon (8-4) 17
22 Eastern Washington (7-4) 19
23 Nicholls (8-4) 22
24 Yale (9-1) 24
25 San Diego (10-3) NR
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