Former Hawkeye cornerback Josh Jackson on how he answers questions about only being a one-year starter. Mark Emmert / The Register
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.
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