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Deion: Shedeur, Hunter won't play in certain NFL markets

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Colorado head coach Deion Sanders claims 2025 draftees Shedeur Sanders and Travis Hunter could refuse to play for some NFL teams.

"I know where I want, kinda want them to go ... so there's certain cities that ain't gonna happen. It's gonna be an 'Eli,' we ain't doing that," Deion said Friday on the "Million Dollaz Worth Of Game" podcast.

Quarterback Eli Manning refused to play for the San Diego Chargers after being drafted first overall in 2004. The club ultimately shipped him to the New York Giants in a trade that sent signal-caller Philip Rivers to San Diego.

Shedeur, Deion's son, is set to enter his senior season and his second year at Colorado. He was eligible for the 2023 draft but returned to school for another campaign.

Sanders shined in his first season as the Buffaloes' starting signal-caller, throwing for 3,230 yards with 27 touchdowns and only three interceptions.

Hunter emerged as one of the most electric players in college football in 2023. He played defensive back and wide receiver, racking up 721 receiving yards and five touchdowns while locking down 30 tackles and five passes defended.

"Top four," Deion said when asked where he projects both players to get drafted. "One of them is going to be No. 1."

Deion led Colorado to a 4-8 record in his first season as head coach. The Buffaloes are set to play in the Big 12 in 2024.

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