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Cam Newton on Shedeur Sanders: ‘I Don’t Think He’ll be a Top-Four Pick’

Oct 7, 2023; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Colorado Buffaloes head coach Deion Sanders with son and quarterback Shedeur Sanders (2) against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Mountain America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado quarterback Shedeur Sanders has already been labeled as one of the 2025 NFL Draft’s top quarterbacks, a statement that leads many to wonder about his NFL upside.

Former Carolina quarterback Cam Newton spoke on Sanders in a recent episode of the Club Shay Shay Podcast with Shannon Sharpe and mentioned that he doesn’t believe Sanders will be a top-four pick in the draft.

 

Newton selected Atlanta as the perfect destination for Sanders, saying, “If Prime can get Shedeur in Atlanta, let me tell you something, all businesses, including Magic City, will be appreciative of that damn pick right there. Real talk. So, these are the things that, but I don’t think he’ll be a top-four pick as he was on record as saying. And that’s fine.”

Despite Newton’s stance on the Texas native, NFLDraftBuzz.com currently lists Sanders as the top-ranked player at his position, and he will have a great chance of being the first quarterback taken off the board.

Newton continued by mentioning that Sanders falling in the draft could actually be a good thing.

“I remember having a conversation with Deshaun Watson when he got drafted because Deshaun, just like Justin Fields, they came through my 7-on-7 program,” Newton said. “I remember telling him, ‘You’re in the best situation than any other of the quarterbacks.’ I think Deshaun went 12th to Houston. You got a quality receiver in [DeAndre Hopkins] and the level of expectation is, you know what I’m saying? I think really, too, and I say this humbly: my success in the league was not good for the upcoming rookie quarterbacks.”

“When you see guys like Peyton Manning,” Newton continued. “Peyton Manning didn’t become good until after his second and third year. They threw him out there in the fire, but if Peyton Manning was drafted in this day and age of expectations, no, no, hell, haw. But when they see a guy like Joe Burrow, or they see guys that have early success. You want to go somewhere where you can really take your time and become the guy your way, and that’s just some of the things that you gotta think about.”

While the 2025 NFL Draft is still more than a year away, it is safe to say that wherever the son of Coach Prime ends up, the team is going to be flooded with some new expectations.

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