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POSTED May 9, 2014 11:23 p.m.

NEW YORK (AP) — The only two quarterbacks chosen on the second day of the NFL draft Friday have a lot to emulate.

Derek Carr’s guiding light has been older brother David, the top overall pick in the 2002 draft. Jimmy Garoppolo’s favorite player has been Tom Brady, the 199th selection in 2000.

The problem for Carr, taken fourth in the second round by Oakland, is that David was only mediocre as a pro. The issue for Garoppolo, chosen 62nd overall by New England, is, well, can anyone really live up to Brady’s career?

The two were among dozens of picks made Friday as the NFL draft wrapped up Rounds 2 and 3 at Radio City Music Hall. The first day shattered all-time television viewership records and fed a roaring crowd, but the second day was more subdued.

Garoppolo couldn’t have said it any better. The star on the FCS level at Eastern Illinois, which produced Tony Romo, went to New England near the end of the second round. Could he be the heir to Tom Brady?

“It’s a fun offense, lot of different variables. It’s an offense that fits me,” Garoppolo said. “This is a picture-perfect fit for me.”

“I feel good about it. Whether I was coming in as the starter or as the backup, I’m going to go in and approach it the same way. I’m going to go out there and try to get better each and every day. That’s what good football players do.”

In other picks Friday:

The Texans selected UCLA guard Xavier Su’a-Filo, who joins the first overall pick, defensive disrupter Jadeveon Clowney of South Carolina, in Houston. The two of them can have fun colliding against each other in minicamps and training camp. The 6-foot-4, 307-pound Su’a-Filo, who went on a Mormon mission while in college, also has played tackle.

The Cowboys took Boise State defensive end Demarcus Lawrence, who they hope will emulate their departed sacks leader with the same first name, DeMarcus Ware, now with Denver. “I’m my own Demarcus,” Lawrence said. “I don’t like to try to be nobody else. I’m going to be me, and I’m going to do it well.”

Cleveland, more active than any team in the first round, added a protector for Johnny Manziel by grabbing guard Joel Bitonio of Nevada, who also can play tackle or center. The Browns caused the biggest stir on opening night when they traded up to No. 22 to get Johnny Football.

Cleveland did not choose any receivers even though Josh Gordon is reportedly facing suspension by the NFL for violating the league’s drug policy again. Gordon was suspended for the first two games of 2013, but still led the league with 1,646 yards receiving in 14 games.

After Washington selected Virginia tackle Morgan Moses, who was on hand at the draft, with the 66th pick, Moses joked: “I thought my phone was broken.” Several mock drafts had Moses going in the first round.

It took 54 selections, a draft record, for a running back to go. Bishop Sankey of Washington was chosen by the Titans, who cut Chris Johnson this spring. Two more went in the next three selections: Jeremy Hill of LSU to Cincinnati, and Carlos Hyde of Ohio State to San Francisco. Heisman Trophy finalist Tre Mason went 75th overall to St. Louis.

 A total of 39 early entrants have been selected so far, 25 on Friday. Altogether, there were a record 102 early entrants this year. College powerhouses Oklahoma, Texas and Georgia did not have anyone chosen in the first three rounds.

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