Shedeur Sanders has the hype — and ability — to be QB1 in 2025 draft class

by Christina S. Brown
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The ink is barely dry in scouts’ notebooks outlining expectations for the highest signal-callers within the 2024 NFL Draft, however eyes are already on the aspiring QB1 constructing a case to be the No. 1 total decide in 2025. 

Whereas the hype across the Colorado program has subsided for the reason that Buffaloes posted a 4-8 report in Coach Prime’s debut season, Shedeur Sanders might maintain NFL scouts rolling by means of Boulder to see the highest prospect within the 2025 class. Although Georgia’s Carson Beck and Texas’ Quinn Ewers might make a push for the highest spot, the flamboyant 6-foot-2, 215-pounder is on the prime of the charts after finishing 69.3 % of his passes for 3,230 yards and 27 touchdowns throughout his debut with the Buffaloes. 

As a traditional drop-back passer with a formidable set of instruments as a pocket passer, Sanders is constructed for a pro-style offense that options conventional cross ideas designed to focus on each space of the sphere. From numerous in-breaking routes on the short- and intermediate-range (slants, digs, seams, and deep overs) to vertical throws delivered exterior of the numbers, the cocky gunslinger flashes blue-chip traits as a distributor from the pocket. Furthermore, Sanders shows the poise, confidence, and swagger to make the big-time throws that elite quarterbacks are anticipated to make within the clutch. 

Whereas finding out Sanders’ efficiency at Jackson State and Colorado, it’s obvious he has the excessive IQ and processing expertise to win as a cerebral playmaker from the pocket. Although the competitors ranges are completely different, his preliminary success within the SWAC as a real freshman revealed a mature participant with a sport superior past his years. Sanders guided the Tigers to a 23-3 report, with an unblemished mark (16-0) throughout the convention. Contemplating he posted back-to-back seasons with 3,000-plus yards, the efficiency and manufacturing from a quarterback contemporary out of highschool recommend Sanders can shortly regulate and flourish inside a brand new atmosphere. 

Though the skeptics will recommend that Sanders dominated low-level competitors with a “dream staff” of a supporting forged that included a handful of four- and five-star recruits (SEE: Travis Hunter), it’s exhausting to disregard his effectivity and effectiveness as a teen towards fourth- and fifth-year gamers in a really aggressive league. Sanders led Jackson State to a pair of HBCU nationwide championship video games (Celebration Bowl). 

From a important standpoint, Sanders’ nonchalance along with his footwork and fundamentals not often bought him into hassle towards inferior competitors, however his propensity to float throughout the pocket stays a problem at Colorado. At Jackson State, he might get away with shoddy approach resulting from his superior expertise, however the higher competitors within the Pac-12 (and Massive 12) convention will expose his inconsistent fundamentals if he fails to tighten up his mechanics earlier than the 2024 season. 

There may be a lot to love about Sanders’ sport as a possible professional. He shows all of the bodily attributes offensive coordinators covet in a franchise quarterback. He makes all the requisite throws simply and may change his pitches relying on the state of affairs and circumstance. Whether or not it’s layering a throw over a brief space defender however in entrance of a deep defender or putting the ball on the receiver’s exterior quantity to steer him away from hassle, Sanders’ accuracy and ball placement charges close to the highest of the charts. 

The Buffaloes’ standout quarterback repeatedly makes “wow” throws underneath stress, displaying uncommon poise as a younger participant. The poise within the clutch, specifically, suggests he’s constructed for high-pressure moments, together with purple zone, third-down, and two-minute conditions. Whereas some quarterbacks flinch or fold in these “win-or-go-home” moments, Sanders excels in important moments. 

Regardless of the Buffaloes’ dismal report final season, the ultra-confident playmaker made a sequence of “huge time” throws towards TCU, Nebraska, Colorado State, and Arizona State to seal the victory for his squad. In the course of the staff’s eight losses, he additionally flashed sufficient promise and potential to earn a gold star sticker in a scout’s pocket book for his toughness and aggressive stamina. 

Deion, Shedeur Sanders clap again at transfers’ criticism of Colorado program

Deion, Shedeur Sanders clap back at transfers' criticism of Colorado program

With Sanders exhibiting excellent judgment and ball safety, avoiding extreme turnovers (solely three interceptions), the Buffaloes’ QB1 definitely understands the way to play successful soccer. If he continues to guard the ball whereas delivering the “splash performs” anticipated from a top-rated prospect, he’ll earn a first-round grade from evaluators searching for a franchise quarterback on the prime of the board. Although a potential staff would wish to know and admire his theatrics as a daring and brash competitor, Sanders’ on-field efficiency warrants consideration as a first-round prospect (potential 12 months 1 starter) with top-10 potential (prime 5-to-top 10 potential as his respective potential) as a professional. 

Whereas the haters will spend many of the subsequent season nitpicking his flaws, Sanders might emerge because the No. 1 total participant within the 2025 class with a number of easy fixes to his sport. 

Bucky Brooks is an NFL analyst for FOX Sports activities. He additionally breaks down the sport for NFL Community and as a cohost of the “Shifting the Sticks” podcast. Comply with him on Twitter @BuckyBrooks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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