ESPN's QB rankings criticized for having Colorado football QB Shedeur Sanders behind Jalen Milroe and Jaxson Dart

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Mike Farrell (of the Mike Farrell Sports brand) criticized ESPN's quarterback rankings for having Colorado football star Shedeur Sanders listed behind Alabama's Jalen Milroe and Ole Miss's Jaxson Dart -- saying it "didn't make any sense."

"I saw this list on ESPN with the Colorado QB No. 8 behind guys like Jalen Milroe, Jaxson Dart, and others, and it didn’t make sense," Farrell prefaced before saying, "As critical as I’ve been of Sanders and his flashy personality and apparent 'me first' attitude, he’s shown he deserves to be at least No. 6, if not in the top five. His TD-to-interception ratio of 27-3 behind a horrible offensive line alone should rank him ahead of Milroe, Dart, and perhaps more."

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg believes that despite Shedeur's No. 8 ranking, the "Grown QB" could end up becoming one of the top signal-callers on NFL draft boards come 2025.

"Colorado's start to the season ended up being a mirage on several levels, but not regarding Sanders, who transitioned well from the FCS to the FBS," Rittenberg prefaced before saying, "He finished ninth nationally in completion percentage (69.3%), 10th in passing yards average (293.6 ypg) and fourth in interception percentage (0.7%) despite the team's late-season challenges and an incessant pummeling that left him with a broken back.

"He will enter his first full season with coordinator Pat Shurmur, who took over playcalling in November. Sanders ultimately must do his part to limit sacks and hits after taking 52 sacks and being pressured on 39.9% of his dropbacks. If he stays healthy and keeps progressing in the Buffs' new league, he should be one of the top quarterbacks on NFL draft boards for 2025."

Denver Broncos fans want Shedeur Sanders to become franchise QB after Colorado football career

Denver Broncos fans want their downtrodden franchise to tank for Shedeur after completing his collegiate career with the University of Colorado in 2024, as Buffaloes Wire's Jack Carlough points out.

"If they do earn a high pick in the 2025 NFL draft, current Colorado football quarterback Shedeur Sanders could be available for Denver," Carlough prefaced before saying, "The Broncos have the 12th overall pick in this year’s draft and if they don’t select a QB, Sanders becomes an attractive option in 2025. Fans on social media are seeing this potential scenario coming together and are rallying the Broncos to 'Tank for Shedeur.'"

Shedeur staying in the Rocky Mountain region would certainly help keep Coach Prime as the head coach of Colorado football; something seemingly most analysts don't believe is likely despite his repeated claims he isn't going anywhere.