Colorado football OC hiring all about boosting Shedeur Sanders' NFL draft stock

Whoever Coach Prime chooses for his Colorado football program's offensive coordinator will be given the keys to the offense with the intent of boosting Shedeur Sanders' NFL draft stock.

Oct 7, 2023; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Colorado Buffaloes quarterback Shedeur Sanders (2) after defeating
Oct 7, 2023; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Colorado Buffaloes quarterback Shedeur Sanders (2) after defeating / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

BuffsBeat's Josh Tolle believes that whether Coach Prime settles on current Colorado football play-caller Pat Shurmur or hires Byron Leftwich, the decision will be made with Shedeur Sanders' draft stock -- specifically, the goal of raising it ahead of the 2025 NFL draft -- in mind.

"Many have speculated if Byron Leftwich would be added to Sanders' staff, considering the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator has been in Boulder a few times this year," Tolle prefaced before saying, "Either way, if Shurmur stays on or Leftwich takes the job, it's all about securing an NFL OC for Shedeur Sanders to boost his NFL Draft stock going into 2025."

Deion Sanders answered "most likely" when asked by USA Today if he was going to retain Shurmur, whose offense wasn't an upgrade over demoted ex-offensive coordinator and current San Diego State head coach Sean Lewis. That certainly leaves room for a change of heart.

Colorado football spring game could force change on offense if it isn't working

Shurmur is not the popular choice right now, but it's the decision that'd give the public perception that the sky is falling least. Or so one would think.

In reality, by the spring game, if Colorado's offense doesn't look like it'll take a significant step forward, Shurmur still being employed could cause even more of an uproar than finding someone new and having their new-look schemes not hit right away come April.

Shurmur is holding on by the skin of his teeth, considering the Buffs didn't win a single game with him play-calling, and didn't prove to be a winner at any stop in his NFL career. It'll do more damage to Shedeur's NFL prospects to have another mid-season coaching switch in 2024.

If the Shurmur fit isn't there by the spring game, cut bait and don't look back.