Keyshawn Johnson's nuanced take on Colorado football QB Shedeur Sanders: 'He ain't his daddy'

Oct 7, 2023; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Colorado Buffaloes head coach Deion Sanders with son and
Oct 7, 2023; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Colorado Buffaloes head coach Deion Sanders with son and / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Keyshawn Johnson saying that Colorado football quarterback Shedeur Sanders "ain't his daddy" sounds like a knock to the "Grown QB" on the surface, but dig further into the quote and you'll understand that Johnson was merely explaining why Deion Sanders' youngest son didn't play the same position as the all-time great NFL corner.

“I was like, and he took off, I was like, oh okay, he can move some," Johnson said on FS1's Undisputed on March 21 (h/t Essentially Sports). "He is not his dad, no but what happens is people look at his father’s speed and they think that DNA going to immediately transfer.

“It’s like no, it’s not going to transfer; you know he’s still fast but he ain’t his daddy. So yeah he probably would Top 3 somewhere in there depending on the situation."

Colorado football HC Deion Sanders: Shedeur would've been second QB off the board

Coach Prime sounded supremely confident about his son being taken second of any quarterback in the 2024 NFL draft, and likely the second player picked overall from the entire player pool, had Shedeur declared.

"He wouldn't have been the first quarterback off the board," Deion Sanders said Wednesday, per The Athletic's David Ubben (subscription required) (h/t Bleacher Report). "I think he had the ability but he probably would have been the second quarterback off the board.

"The only reason I know that, don't you think I know people in the NFL? I'm sorry, I played for how many years, 14? Got a gold jacket at the crib, I think. I think I know some people. Jerry Jones. Arthur Blank. I know some people in the game. Roger Goodell. So when I speak I'm not just throwing stuff out of my head. I'm throwing stuff based on knowledge. So let's just get that straight."

While Shedeur isn't the most fleet of foot signal-caller, he does have a knack for making accurate throws; especially finding his top playmakers on end zone post routes from the red zone and even further away. That will translate to the NFL.

Let's just stop linking one of the greatest of all-time with a young man whose future largely depends on the system he gets drafted to given his position.