Shedeur Sanders’ stock has skyrocketed over the first two weeks of the college football season. The Colorado signal caller is now being considered one of the top NFL prospects in the upcoming draft class.
Draft guru Mel Kiper gave a piping hot take on Sanders’ status as a pro pick, believing he’s a surefire first rounder.
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“Shedeur Sanders to me right now is a guaranteed, high first-round pick.”
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In an appearance on Monday Blitz, Kiper said that Sanders is a “guaranteed, high first-round pick.”
He noted the hot start the passer has gotten off to in 2023.
In Sanders’ first two starts in Boulder, he’s thrown for 903 yards and six scores. He’s yet to turn the ball over and has completed a ridiculous 77.5% of his attempts.
“It was a wait-and-see, coming from Jackson State to Colorado… How would they perform?” Kiper said.
“They’ve been unbelievable,” he continued. “To me right now, he’s a guaranteed high first-round pick. I think when you look at the way he’s played at Colorado, in this Sean Lewis offense, the accuracy has been unbelievable. He was at 68 percent at Jackson State those two years. He’s at 77.5 [percent at Colorado]. Hasn’t thrown an interception.
“He had nine rushing touchdowns in two years at Jackson State. He can roll right or left. He can make accurate throws. He throws a great ball. He’s unflappable. He looks like he’s in control at all times. You don’t know if they’re up or down, how they’re performing. It doesn’t matter.”
A strong stamp of approval from Kiper, but his praise would go even further.
While he currently ranks Sanders below Heisman winner Caleb Williams and North Carolina’s Drake Maye in this year’s QB class, he believes he’s a lock to go No. 1 overall if he waited until the 2025 NFL Draft.
“If he stays at Colorado, we’ll be talking about him next summer like we’re talking about Caleb Williams right now – No. 1 pick guaranteed.”
Fans have been quick to react.
Some aren’t yet sold.
These takes have been outrageous the past couple days.
— Normal Vol Fan (@NormalVolFan) September 11, 2023
No way Sanders is ahead of Ewers, this is crazy talk from Mel.
— astro (@astrostreet11) September 11, 2023
Mel definitely knows more than I or anyone else on twitter (X ?) but I just don’t see it.
I think he is a above average QB , seams to be a good leader, good accuracy etc but I don’t get the Heisman hype or the first round grades.
— Just In (@just_in_are_not) September 11, 2023
Others, though, agree with the first-round grade.
As of now that’s sounds about right
— KG ❄️ (@TyreekMVP) September 11, 2023
Would Sanders stay for another season in Boulder, even with the potential to go in the first round next April?
With NIL, his father coaching, and the families wealth, I have a feeling he stays to be that guaranteed #1 and have a chance to win a national championship next year as well… that is unless they win it this year 👀
— Russell Dornisch (@bestkeeper) September 11, 2023
He could have a decision to make this offseason.