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Deion Sanders' List Makes No Sense For Shedeur

Deion Sanders, Shedeur, Travis Hunter, Wayne Gregoire

Deion Sanders, aka Coach Prime, has made no secrets about his intentions for his son Shedeur Sanders or his star player Travis Hunter when it comes to the 2025 NFL Draft. In a recent appearance on the Million Dollaz Worth of Game podcast, Sanders said, "I know where I want them to go. So it's certain cities that aint going to happen. It's going to be an Eli."

He was, of course, referencing the 2004 NFL Draft, when the San Diego Chargers selected Eli Manning out of Ole Miss with the first overall pick. He refused to play for them and was later traded to the New York Giants in exchange for Phillip Rivers, who the G-Men selected fourth overall. It worked out favorably for Manning and the Giants who won two Super Bowls, including a victory over the 18-0 New England Patriots.

While speaking with Chris Russo on SiriusXM Mad Dog Radio, Deion told the host, "I don't want my kid going nowhere cold next year." It's unclear whether that sentiment was for both Hunter and Shedeur, but in either case, the Deion Sanders list of preferred teams was released today, and warm weather was not a priority in making it. According to CBS Sports, the six teams he earmarked for his players were the Ravens, 49ers, Eagles, Falcons, Commanders, and Cowboys.

Shedeur Sanders, NFL Draft, Wayne Gregoire

While each team seems like a great fit for Travis Hunter, should he choose to pursue a career as a cornerback, the list is quite puzzling as it relates to his son. Brock Purdy threw for 4,280 yards and 31 touchdowns for San Francisco last season, and at the end of the year was in the hunt for the league's most valuable player. There's no reason to believe he won't get even better in 2024, meaning the only way Shedeur would make the team would be as a backup.

Speaking of MVP, the reigning title holder, and two-time most valuable player, Lamar Jackson is the starting quarterback for the Ravens. He's established himself as an elite signal-caller, and top-three talent at the position, not to mention he just inked a 5 year/$260 million deal last off-season. Jackson is still just 27 years old, and isn't going anywhere for a long time.

The same could be said for the Philadelphia Eagles, who last year locked quarterback Jalen Hurts up to the tune of 5 years and $255 million. That's not the kind of investment you make if your plan is to draft a rookie quarterback with a top-five pick. Speaking of large contract extensions, the Atlanta Falcons made it clear that Kirk Cousins is their starting quarterback for a minimum of the next two seasons, and as far out as 2027 when he signed a four-year deal for $180 million.

The Washington Commanders are taking a quarterback with a top-two pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. Maybe they can trade up for the first overall pick and get their dream guy in Caleb Williams, but even if they don't they are taking someone who will be expected to be their franchise quarterback. They won't do that two years in a row. That leaves just the Dallas Cowboys.

Dak Prescott, NFL Draft, Wayne Gregoire

Whether or not they are a realistic option will depend on Dak Prescott and Jerry Jones. Dak is in the final year of his contract and has not been offered a contract extension. According to the team, he won't be offered one until the end of the year when they release him into free agency. There is always the chance that he comes back, but as of today, two weeks before the 2024 Draft, the only team on Deion's list that makes sense is the Cowboys, and they only make sense conditionally.

For all his tough talk and posturing, if Deion expects his son to go somewhere at the top of the draft, and somewhere he can actually get some playing time, it might be wise to add teams like the Jets, Steelers, Titans, Raiders, and Seahawks to his list.


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