ESPN draft scout blames Colorado football OL for Shedeur Sanders being behind Carson Beck on NFL draft boards

The Colorado football OL could hold Shedeur Sanders' NFL draft stock back
The Colorado football OL could hold Shedeur Sanders' NFL draft stock back / Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN's Matt Miller has Georgia's Carson Beck ahead of Colorado football QB Shedeur Sanders, and his skepticism about the Buffs' offensive line is the driving force behind why that's the case.

“Remember, last year, his first year as a starter, replacing Stetson Bennett – the Georgia offense was actually better in 2023 than it was in previous years, despite the fact that they didn’t get back to that national championship title,” Miller said (h/t On3). “So I think Beck is that player who is the top quarterback in this class, because of how well he protects himself in the pocket and what he does with that big right arm.

“Shedeur Sanders, very surgical as a passer, but he gets rocked in the pocket at times. Can get a little bit beat up. That’s going to be a big question for a quarterback who is 6-foot-2, 215 pounds.”

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FS1's Undisputed host Skip Bayless believes Shedeur is not just the best QB in the Big 12, but the best QB in the country.

“Shedeur is not just the best quarterback in that conference, he's the best quarterback in this country," Bayless said (h/t "And he is going to be the first pick in the draft and I think he's going to be really, really good in pro football. He is as seasoned and experienced a college quarterback as you're going to get.”

There's differing opinions on where Shedeur sits, but everyone has him as a first-round pick. NFL franchises with a need at QB will be looking at him as a potential franchise successor, but his health needs to hold up for that to transpire.

Luckily, the Buffs offensive line looks much improved and could allow another jump from the "Grown QB" in his final collegiate season.