Former Hawkeye Josh Jackson among 22 players invited to attend NFL Draft

Mark Emmert
Hawk Central

Josh Jackson will learn his NFL destination in his hometown.

The NFL announced Thursday that Jackson, the former Iowa cornerback, is among 22 players invited to attend its draft at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The first day of the draft is April 26, and those attending are generally considered to be first-round picks.

Iowa cornerback Josh Jackson, center, stands with head coach Kirk Ferentz at the New York Stock Exchange in New York City on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017.

Jackson left Iowa after a junior season that included him earning unanimous all-American honors. He is one of four defensive backs invited to attend the draft, meaning he can bring his family from their home in nearby Corinth to watch him walk onto the stage and don the cap of whichever team selects him.

Jackson is projected as a first-round pick, as is former Hawkeye center James Daniels. Daniels, who also left Iowa after his junior season, did not get invited to the draft, as was the case with all other interior offensive linemen.

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The full list of those invited:

Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville

Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming

Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State

Taven Bryant, DT, Florida

Bradley Chubb, DE, North Carolina State

Sam Darnold, QB, USC

Marcus Davenport, DE, Texas-San Antonio

Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech

Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama

Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama

Shaquem Griffin, LB, Central Florida

Derrius Guice, RB, LSU

Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa

Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

Derwin James, S, Florida State

Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA

Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA

Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia

Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State

Vita Vea, DT, Washington

Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State

Connor Williams, OT, Texas