Deion Sanders suggests Colorado stars could pull an Eli Manning in 2025 draft: ‘I want the right fit’

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Deion Sanders took the college football world by storm with his unorthodox approach at Colorado. Now, he suspects he’ll have a similar influence in the NFL. 

In a recent appearance on the “Million Dollaz Worth of Game” podcast, Sanders discussed the 2025 NFL Draft as it relates to his son, quarterback Shedeur Sanders, and two-way star Travis Hunter. He predicted both players would be selected in the top four, but that one would be the first overall pick. 

Deion and Shedeur Sanders walk on field

Head coach Deion Sanders of the Colorado Buffaloes talks with quarterback Shedeur Sanders #2 during first half of the NCAAF game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Mountain America Stadium on October 07, 2023 in Tempe, Arizona. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Sanders went on to explain that his prediction was “subjective,” suggesting he has a plan for where his son and Hunter will end up. 

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“One of them is going to be No. 1, and the latter one will not go beyond four. Now all of this is subjective because I know where I kind of want them to go,” he said Friday. 

“So there are certain cities that ain’t gonna happen. It’s gonna be an Eli,” he said referring to former New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning. 

Manning was infamously drafted by the San Diego Chargers with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, despite threats that he would sit out his rookie season if he was selected. 

Eli Manning gets drafted

2004 NFL Draft first overall pick Eli Manning (right) with NFL Commisioner Paul Tagliabue, at Madison Square Garden in New York, April 24. Manning, shown with San Diego Chargers jersey, was traded to the New York Giants later in the day.  (Photo by Allan Grdovic/Getty Images)

DEION SANDERS BELIEVES SON SHEDEUR SANDERS ‘PROBABLY WOULD HAVE BEEN SECOND’ QB SELECTED IN UPCOMING DRAFT

He would remain with the organization until the third round and, as fans know, he would go on to play his entire 17-year career with the Giants, winning two Super Bowls with the organization. 

Sanders pointed to his own draft experience with the Atlanta Falcons.

“See there were certain cities that fit,” he said. “Atlanta fit, and that’s what I want for my kids. All of them. I want the right fit.”  

Travis Hunter stands

Colorado Travis Hunter (12) in action, stands on the field vs Arizona at Folsom Field in Boulder on Nov. 11, 2023.  (Erick W. Rasco/Sports Illustrated via Getty Images)

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Sanders’ ability to influence the draft remains unseen, but early projections have both Colorado stars as possible first round picks. 

Shedeur Sanders is coming off a season in which he threw for a school-record 3,230 yards. He also finished with 27 touchdown passes, just one shy of the program mark for a season, while completing 69.3% of his passes.

Hunter finished the season with 57 receptions for 721 yards and five touchdowns, and had three interceptions on defense. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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