Shedeur Sanders Given Pro Comparison of 2-Time Pro-Bowler

One of the more exciting players who should be entering the NFL next season is quarterback Shedeur Sanders of the University of Colorado. Sanders, playing for his dad, Deion Sanders, showed much promise this past season and saw his name jump up around the football world. Colorado finished the year with a record of 4-8, but Sanders himself played extremely well.

More news: Raiders’ Maxx Crosby On Upcoming Year: ‘It’s Been a Hell of an Offseason’ draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah broke down the professional comparison for Sanders and looked at him in a similar light to two-time Pro-Bowler Geno Smith.

“Geno Smith coming out of West Virginia. Like Smith during his time with the Mountaineers, Sanders plays in a wide-open college offense that showcases his polish as a passer. Both Smith and Sanders have beautiful throwing motions and deliver a firm/catchable ball. While each is capable of taking the free yards presented in the run game, neither is dynamic as a ball-carrier.”

If Sanders becomes a player like Smith, it could be considered a solid career. However, the pressure on Saunders will likely be higher than it was on Smith. Sanders has been talked about as the possible No. 1 pick in the 2025 NFL Draft, so he may be seen as having a higher ceiling. If he does go with the first overall pick, Sanders floor may see a career like Smith’s due to the expectations that will be placed on him.

Shedeur Sanders
BOULDER, CO – NOVEMBER 4: Shedeur Sanders #2 of the Colorado Buffaloes passes the football in the fourth quarter against the Oregon State Beavers at Folsom Field on November 4, 2023 in Boulder, Colorado. Sanders…

Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

This next season will be massive for Sanders’s overall growth and how he is viewed around the NFL. He was good at Colorado last season but will need to show more consistency throughout the year if he wants to go high in the draft. NFL teams pick apart prospects, so any minor flaw that Sauders shows will be magnified. But Jeremiah is high on Sanders’ overall ability going forward.

“Sanders is a pure thrower with a compact, smooth stroke. He has excellent balance and weight transfer upon release, possessing plenty of arm strength to drive the ball downfield. He can throw with timing/anticipation, and he’s adept at selecting the proper pace necessary for each throw. His toughness is another quality that jumps off the screen. He will plant his feet in the ground while under duress, choosing to accept physical punishment in order to achieve completions. He took some enormous shots in the three games I studied.”

Last season, Sanders posted 3,230 yards with 27 touchdowns and three interceptions. But the team itself wasn’t very good, so teams will be looking to see if he can lead the Buffaloes to a better record this season. Sanders has a big target on his back this season, but if he can step up to the plate, he could reap the benefits next spring.

More news: Cam Newton Makes Surprising Pick For Greatest Dual-Threat QB Ever