Colorado could have 4 first-round picks, including Shedeur and Travis Hunter
Colorado could have 4 first-round picks, including Shedeur and Travis Hunter

Deion Sanders, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and head coach of the Colorado football team, believes his team could have four first-round picks in the NFL Draft, including his son (quarterback Shedeur Sanders) and two-way star Travis Hunter.

“We certainly have two guys that could go in the top five in the draft (Sanders and Hunter), but I think two more will sneak through in the first round,” Sanders said Wednesday at Big 12 Media Days (h/t Kyle Bonagura of ESPN).’

Sanders said to the others: “I’ll give you BJ Green. I won’t tell you the fourth one.”

Green is an edge rusher who transferred from Arizona State and is coming off a season with 39 tackles and six sacks.

In Bleacher Report’s far too early mock draft for the 2025 NFL last April, Hunter was selected fifth and Sanders was selected 14th. No other Colorado player made the cut.

Given his incredible athletic versatility, Hunter could easily be in the top five.

Of course, NFL players don’t play on both sides of the ball all the time, but Hunter, whose primary position is cornerback, could theoretically moonlight as a wide receiver at the next level, just as his current coach did.

“The ‘D’ on top of Travis Hunter’s chest says it all,” wrote the B/R NFL scouting department, referring to the letter that spells the word ‘dawg.’

“He is a special playmaker who recorded three interceptions and five passes defensed in nine games last season, earning the award from Colorado head coach Deion Sanders.”

Sanders could very well be QB1 from a draft class that doesn’t have a clear frontrunner at the position this year. Any of several players could take those reins, including Georgia’s Carson Beck, who received a lot of praise after a successful 2023 season. Sanders is also getting some love and can certainly fulfill his father’s draft vision.

Green getting yelled at by Sanders certainly raises eyebrows, and he’ll be one to keep an eye on as Colorado looks to improve a struggling defense. As for that mysterious fourth player, it’s unclear. According to the latest NFL Mock Draft Database 2025 Big Board, Sanders’ son, safety Shilo Sanders, is the highest-ranked remaining CU player at No. 132. Wide receiver Will Sheppard is next at No. 242.

For now, however, CU has to worry about the upcoming season. Game 1 is on August 29 against North Dakota State.

By Everly