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Iowa linebacker Josey Jewell heads to the NFL combine next week.

Where Iowa players Josey Jewell, Josh Jackson, others land on NFL mock drafts, rankings

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Where Iowa players land on NFL mock drafts and rankings

ANSWER: Five different Iowa players are considered likely NFL draft picks, while a handful of others could have an opportunity late in the draft.

Almost every NFL draft analyst lists cornerback Josh Jackson as a first-round selection, while center James Daniels flirts between the first and second round on many boards. Both are headed to Indianapolis for the NFL combine, along with linebacker Josey Jewell, running back Akrum Wadley and guard Sean Welsh. Those three are projected anywhere from the third to fifth round.

Three non-combine invitees who have a chance at getting drafted late include offensive linemen Ike Boettger and Boone Myers and linebacker Ben Niemann. Other Iowa players expected to sign free-agent contracts or at least get NFL tryouts include linebacker Bo Bower, defensive tackle Nathan Bazata, safety Miles Taylor, running back James Butler, wide receiver Matt VandeBerg, fullback Drake Kulick and long snapper Tyler Kluver.

Here’s a look at where most national analysts rate the Iowa players along with my projections before the combine next week.

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CB Josh Jackson

Mock drafts: 15. Arizona Cardinals (ESPN’s Mel Kiper); 28. Pittsburgh Steelers (ESPN’s Todd McShay); 14. Green Bay Packers (Bleacher Report); 22. Buffalo Bills (NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah); 11. Miami Dolphins (Pro Football Focus); 22. Buffalo Bills (NFL Network’s Charley Casserly); 22. Buffalo Bills (NFL Network’s Bucky Brooks); 14. Green Bay Packers (NFL Network’s Lance Zierlein); 45. Green Bay Packers (NFL Network’s Chad Reuter)

Position/overall rankings: 1st CB/17th overall (CBS); 2nd CB/20th overall (ESPN’s Mel Kiper); 2nd CB/17th overall (ESPN’s Todd McShay); 2nd CB (NFL Network’s Mike Mayock); 4th CB/22nd overall (NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah); 4th CB/1st-2nd round (NFL Draft Scout); 5th CB/1st round (Ourlads Scouting Services)

Pre-NFL combine draft projection: Round 1. Seattle Seahawks (18th overall)

C James Daniels

Mock drafts: 25: Tennessee Titans (NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah); 25. Tennessee Titans (NFL Network’s Charley Casserly); 26. Atlanta Falcons (ESPN’s Todd McShay); 48. Los Angeles Chargers (NFL Network’s Chad Reuter)

Position/overall rankings: 4th C/59th overall (CBS); 3rd C (ESPN’s Mel Kiper); 3rd C/G (ESPN’s Todd McShay); 2nd C/25th overall (NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah); 3rd C/G (NFL Network’s Mike Mayock); 2nd C/2nd round (NFL Draft Scout)

Pre-NFL combine draft projection: Round 1. Buffalo (22nd overall)

ILB Josey Jewell

Mock drafts: 67. Indianapolis Colts (NFL Network’s Chad Reuter)

Position/overall rankings: 10th ILB/176th overall (CBS); 4th ILB (ESPN’s Mel Kiper); 3rd ILB (ESPN’s Todd McShay); 2nd ILB/2nd-3rd round (NFL Draft Scout); 3rd ILB (Ourlads)

Pre-NFL combine draft projection: Round 3. Los Angeles Rams

RB Akrum Wadley

Position/overall rankings: 11th RB/129th overall (CBS); 8th RB (ESPN’s Todd McShay); 16th RB/5th round (NFL Draft Scout); 18th RB (Ourlads)

Pre-NFL combine draft projection: Round 5. Detroit Lions

G Sean Welsh

Position/overall rankings: 7th G/189th overall (CBS); 9th G (ESPN’s Mel Kiper); 7th G/4th round (NFL Draft Scout); 5th G (Ourlads)

Pre-NFL combine draft projection: Round 5. Cincinnati Bengals

OLB Ben Niemann

Position rankings: 39th OLB (NFL Draft Scout); 32nd OLB (Ourlads)

Pre-NFL combine draft projection: Round 7. Denver Broncos

OL Ike Boettger

Position rankings: 34th T (NFL Draft Scout); 33rd T (Ourlads)

Pre-NFL combine draft projection: Round 7. Seattle Seahawks

OL Boone Myers

Position rankings: 31st G (NFL Draft Scout); 18th G (Ourlads — pre-injury)

Pre-NFL combine draft projection: Free agent, Minnesota Vikings

LB Bo Bower

Position rankings: 44th OLB (NFL Draft Scout); 36th OLB (Ourlads)

Pre-NFL combine draft projection: Free agent, Tennessee Titans

RB James Butler

Position rankings: 59th RB (NFL Draft Scout); 41st RB (Ourlads)

Pre-NFL combine draft projection: Free agent, Arizona Cardinals

DT Nathan Bazata

Position rankings: 37th DT (NFL Draft Scout); 47th DT (Ourlads)

Pre-NFL combine draft projection: Free agent, New Orleans Saints

WR Matt VandeBerg

Position ranking: 74th WR (NFL Draft Scout)

Pre-NFL combine draft projection: Free agent/tryout, Kansas City Chiefs

FB Drake Kulick

Position ranking: 15th FB (NFL Draft Scout)

Pre-NFL combine draft projection: Free agent/tryout, Minnesota Vikings

SS Miles Taylor

Position ranking: 26th SS (NFL Draft Scout)

Pre-NFL combine draft projection: Free agent/tryout, Washington Redskins

LS Tyler Kluver

Position ranking: None listed

Pre-NFL combine draft projection: Free agent/tryout, Pittsburgh Steelers

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