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Shedeur Sanders, Travis Hunter Predicted to go No. 1-2 in CBS Sports 2025 NFL Mock Draft

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

There’s no two ways about it: the Big 12 had a rough showing in the 2024 NFL Draft. The conference ended the draft with 31 players selected, ranking them fifth among all conferences.

In the first round, just one player from a future Big 12 program was taken, with Arizona tackle Jordan Morgan going to the Green Bay Packers with the No. 27 overall pick.

It was a far cry from the six first-round selections the league had last season, and there’s actually some good news that follows the disappointing weekend: it appears that this might just be an outlier for the conference.

 

Way-too-early mock drafts are already dropping for 2025, and it appears the Big 12 might be set for one of the best showings its had in some time.

According to CBS Sports’ mock draft, the Big 12 is set to have not just the first overall pick in the draft, but the second overall pick as well.

The Colorado Buffaloes have been a point of contention for college football experts since Deion Sanders took over the program ahead of the 2023 season. However, it’s nearly impossible to argue the fact that the Buffs have some of the best skill talent in the country.

As such, CBS Sports has CU quarterback Shedeur Sanders and defensive back Travis Hunter going as the No. 1 and No. 2 overall picks in next year’s draft.

Here’s what CBS Sports’ Ryan Wilson had to say about each pick.

 

Round 1 – Pick 1: Carolina Panthers

Shedeur Sanders, QB, Colorado

Shedeur Sanders made huge strides in his first year as an FBS QB and he’ll be in the conversation with several other players to be the first quarterback drafted.

Round 1 – Pick 2: Tennessee Titans

Travis Hunter, WR/CB, Colorado

Imagine if I told you five years ago that not only would Colorado have two players drafted in the first round, but they’d have a chance to be top-10 picks. Hunter is a special talent who looks like an NFL star on both sides of the ball.

Wilson also projected Cincinnati DL Dontay Corleone (No. 13, Pittsburgh), West Virginia OL Wyatt Milum (No. 24, Philadelphia), and Oklahoma State LB Collin Oliver (No. 30, Baltimore) as first-round selections in his mock draft.

Five selections and the first two picks in the draft would be quite the feather in the cap of the Big 12 after seeing Texas and Oklahoma leave the conference.

Will it happen? We’ll have to wait and see, but there’s little doubt that the Big 12 will have some of the nation’s top talent on display when its teams hit the field in August.

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