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    NFL Draft Risers and Sliders:
    Iowa's Christian Ballard entered this season as a sleeper draft candidate, but NFL scouts have since taken notice of his stellar play.

    Several big matchups between top-10 teams highlighted the college schedule in Week 5. Skill players stole the day, as did a pair of defensive linemen that are rocketing up draft boards. On the flip side, two highly rated prospects are watching their draft grades slip. Here are the risers and sliders for Week 5.

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    Christian Ballard/DL/Iowa: Ballard was listed as a sleeper prospect in our season preview, but NFL scouts have since awoken to the potential of this defensive lineman. His performance against Penn State was nothing less than dominant. Ballard was outstanding in all facets of the position throughout the game and almost single-handedly made the goal-line stand which sealed victory for Iowa. He has added power to his game this season, the only ingredient that was missing. Ballard could go from sleeper status to first-round pick if he continues to play at his present level.

    Marcel Dareus*/DL/Alabama: Despite playing with an ankle injury sustained in the win over Arkansas last weekend, Dareus was a disruptive force as the Tide rolled over Florida. His stats, which included three tackles and one tackle for loss, don't tell the story. Dareus split double-team blocks all evening, forcing his way into the backfield and causing mayhem for the Gators' offensive game plan. After missing two games at the start of the season with suspension, Dareus has since made his presence felt.

    DeMarco Murray/RB/Oklahoma: Entering the season, we listed Murray as one of the most overrated prospects in the nation and thus far he's proven us wrong. The senior was a one-man show against Texas, registering 115 rushing yards on 25 carries with two scores. He also added four receptions during the game. Most importantly, Murray has stayed away from injuries this year, which has been his Achilles heel in the past.

    *Sleeper Alert* Lance Mitchell*/S/Oregon State: Mitchell, a second-year starter for the Beavers, is really developing into a complete safety. He's an intimidating hitter tied for the team lead with 33 tackles. Mitchell's skills in pass coverage are also improving, as evidenced by his interception and two pass defenses in the win over Arizona State. He offers a nice upside and is one to watch moving forward.

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