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5 Players Who Could Go Higher Than Expected In NFL Draft

NFL Draft in Arlington, Texas.

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: The 2018 NFL Draft logo is seen on a video board during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Tonight and over the next few days, college athletes will have their dreams turn into reality when their names are called in the 2021 NFL Draft. Five prospects in particular could come off the board much sooner than expected.

NFL insider Ian Rapoport is hearing there's five draft prospects that could be selected much higher than current mocks have them. Those players include: former Auburn WR Anthony Schwartz, former Oklahoma center Creed Humphrey, former Northern Iowa offensive lineman Spencer Brown, former Oregon safety Jevon Holland and former Notre Dame offensive lineman Liam Eichenberg.

Of the five, Schwartz is the most exciting prospect. The former Auburn wideout is electric, and could be the next Tyreek Hill.

Holland out of Oregon is a big-time play-maker on the defensive side of the ball. The former Duck can play field-safety or cover the slot. His versatility could be a great benefit for an NFL defense for years to come.

Penei Sewell and Rashawn Slater are the highest-rated offensive lineman in this year's class. But don't sleep on prospects like Oklahoma's Creed Humphrey, Northern Iowa's Spencer Brown or Notre Dame's Liam Eichenberg. All three were flying under the radar up to this point.

Sleeper prospects are tough to come by in the NFL Draft. In typical years, there's only a select few. But teams clearly believe they've already found a few.

It'll be a fight for teams to acquire the five prospects Ian Rapoport named on Thursday. The 2021 NFL Draft is just hours away from commencing.