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Auburn receiver Anthony Schwartz was a third-round NFL draft pick of the Cleveland Browns. [TODD VAN EMST/AUBURN ATHLETICS]

The order may not have been what everyone expected, but the outcome was: Four Auburn football players were selected in the 2021 NFL draft.

Wide receivers Anthony Schwartz and Seth Williams, linebacker K.J. Britt and safety Jamien Sherwood all heard their names called between the third and sixth rounds on Friday and Saturday.

It marks the fifth straight year that the Tigers have had at least four players selected.

Schwartz heard his name called first, going to the Cleveland Browns with the No. 91 overall pick in the third round Friday. The 6-foot wide receiver led the Tigers with 54 receptions in 2020 (which he turned into 636 yards), ran an unofficial 4.26-second 40-yard dash at his Pro Day and is out to prove that he is the "fastest guy in all of football."

“Anthony is very, very smart and a quick study,” Browns GM Andrew Berry said. "Anthony has world-class, Olympic speed. He has all the things we desire to help us stretch the field. His best football is ahead of him.”

Sherwood was the second former Tiger drafted, going to the New York Jets with the 146th overall pick in the fifth round Saturday. The 6-1, 216-pound Jensen Beach, Florida, native, was a standout safety in college — he had 75 tackles, three tackles for loss, three pass breakups and two fumble recoveries as a junior — but the Jets announced him as a linebacker.

Britt also came off the board in the fifth round, getting selected by the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the 176th overall pick. He'll join former Auburn teammates Carlton Davis and Jamel Dean on that defense.

A thumb injury limited Britt to only two games as a senior, but he was a first-team All-SEC pick as a junior in 2019 when he recorded 69 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 2½ sacks and a forced fumble.

Williams' long wait finally ended in the sixth round, when the Denver Broncos drafted him with the 219th overall pick. The 6-3 Tuscaloosa-area native was the Tigers' leading receiver in back-to-back seasons, totaling 106 catches for 1,590 yards and 12 touchdowns.

"He's got all the tools," ESPN draft analyst Louis Riddick said. "It's just a matter of consistency."

The other three former Tigers eligible for this year's NFL draft — wide receiver Eli Stove and defensive backs Jordyn Peters and Eli Stove — were not selected and will try to latch on with an organization as free agents.

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