LOOK: Here's what a player invitation to the NFL Draft looks like

You can't go to the draft unless you're invited. (USATSI)
You can't go to the draft unless you're invited. (USATSI)

Back in 2014, a record 30 college players showed up for the NFL Draft.

Odell Beckham Jr., Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel and Sammy Watkins were among the players in attendance at the draft.  

With so many players attending the draft every year, you might have asked yourself at least once: How does a player even know if he's invited to attend the draft? 

Thanks to Wake Forest cornerback Kevin Johnson, we now have the answer to that question. 

No, Roger Goodell doesn't call you on the phone and no, you don't get a faxed invite -- even though college players clearly love fax machines, just look at signing day. Also, it's not like a wedding where you send back an RSVP

Here's what happens: The NFL FedEx's a letter to your house.

Here's the letter that the league sent to Johnson this week. 

Dear Kevin, 

Congratulations on your outstanding college football career. Your accomplishments at Wake Forest have made you one of the highest-rated players in this year's NFL Draft. 

As a result, you and your family have the opportunity to join us at the draft on Thursday, April 30 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago. Many NFL players -- including Patrick Peterson, Joe Haden and Eric Reid -- began their careers by being introduced live at the NFL draft. 

The players who have been with us for the draft experience will tell you that it was truly a "once-in-a-lifetime" opportunity, especially for their families. It is an important way for fans to get to know the top new players coming into our league and we plan other activities to ensure that the trip is worthwhile and memorable. 

Michael Signora, our vice president of football communications, will contact you to discuss the arrangements. We are committed to doing everything possible to make your trip to Chicago a wonderful experience for you and your family. We hope you will join us. 

Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to seeing you in Chicago. 


Roger Goodell

Goodell is brilliant: He plays up the family angle and then points how many star players have began their careers at the draft. How could you say no to that? 

Actually, I guess it's easy to say no because Marcus Mariota did and it's looking like Jameis Winston won't be at the draft either. 

Anyway, you can see a picture of Johnson's letter below. The former Wake Forest corner is a projected first round pick. Each of our four NFL writers here at CBSSports.com all have Johnson off the board before the end of the first round in each of their mock drafts.  

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