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Colorado talents Shedeur Sanders and Travis Hunter are the focus of the 2025 NFL Mock Draft. Predictions for CBS Sports’ premiere

The top names in college football saw significant career advancements last month as their names were called in the 2024 NFL Draft. The replacements at those colleges had more opportunities to become famous as a result of those players’ departures, and many of those returning weapons and rising stars flourished in spring workouts. A year from now, superstars like Shedeur Sanders and Travis Hunter of Colorado will lead the NFL’s next class of rookies in 2025.

Preseason standouts still have a ways to go before they can be considered top prospects for the NFL, but most of college football’s top players for 2024 will compete for spots on the draft board during the course of the season. Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports provided a preview of the athletes that might be the top picks in the upcoming class, with Ohio State, Georgia, and other formidable recruiting classes leading the way.

 

The top ten picks in Wilson’s mock draft are all from the premier programs in the sport, with the Colorado tandem selecting the first two picks.

1. Carolina Panthers: Quarterback Shedeur Sanders, Denver

Although Shedeur Sanders’ public response to Colorado’s transfer portal dilemma this offseason sparked a lot of discussion, there isn’t anything to criticize about his on-field performance. With a stronger offensive line shielding him from the assault of pass rushers that wrecked havoc on his pocket last year, Sanders should be in for the best season of his collegiate career when his team enters the league this season. He should be the Big 12’s best quarterback right away. Sanders concluded his first FBS season as the country’s No. 10 passer and had an impressive 27-3 touchdown-to-interception ratio despite the Buffaloes’ roster shortcomings.

2. COLORADO, WR/CB TRAVIS HUNTER of the Tennessee Titans

Travis Hunter was restricted to nine games in 2023 due to a lacerated liver, but he still made a major impression in his debut season at Colorado after being the most high-profile addition of the offseason. The perfect athlete, Hunter excelled on both sides of the ball and solidified his status as one of the top prospects for the 2025 NFL Draft by playing excellent wide out and cornerback. Hunter averaged an astounding 116 total snaps per game, tallying 50 tackles and three interceptions on defense and 57 receptions for 721 yards and five touchdowns on offense. At the next level, he might be a unique two-way star.

3. DL Mykel Williams of Georgia is a New England Patriot.

In 2023, Mykel Williams demonstrated exceptional versatility as a pass rusher who can also stop the run and drop into coverage. He did not, however, have the enormous statistical year that usually precedes an early first-round selection. During the Bulldogs’ G-Day game earlier this spring, one of the best players on the renowned Georgia defense recorded 4.5 sacks and showed off his immense productivity by recording six tackles, two pass breakups, and an interception. Williams is without a doubt a first-round pick in the draft the following year due to his exceptional athleticism and positional versatility.

4. LSU’s LB Harold Perkins Jr. and LSU’s WASHINGTON

Harold Perkins will be a huge force and a top NFL prospect no matter where in the Tigers’ defensive front line he lines up. How much LSU changes Perkins’ role for the upcoming season is unknown. In 2022, Perkins terrified opposing quarterbacks with 7.5 sacks and 13 tackles for loss, which topped all Power Five freshmen. However, last season, he transitioned into a more traditional linebacker role, and his stats plateaued. He is still among the SEC’s and college football’s most formidable and skillful defensive players.

5. DE JT TUIMOLOAU, OHIO STATE, NEW YORK GIANTS

When JT Tuimoloau committed to Ohio State as the top recruit in the country for the 2021 class, he was slated to play for three years. But after having his greatest season to date—38 tackles, seven tackles for loss, and five sacks—he is back for a fourth season. Tuimoloau needs to be more reliable in 2024 if he’s going to achieve the great heights that would satisfy his aspirations and make him an early first-round target. He might be this draft class’s best edge rusher.

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