Deion Sanders ‘ashamed’ after only one HBCU player gets drafted

Deion Sanders 'ashamed' only one HBCU player gets drafted
Former Jackson State head coach Deion Sanders denounced the 31 NFL teams who passed on HBCU players (Photo Credit: Hakim Wright Sr./AP Photo)

For the first 244 picks of the 2023 NFL Draft, a player from a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) had not been drafted yet. This upset NFL great and Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders, who formerly coached Jackson State University, a HBCU school.

Sanders, who is now the head coach at the University of Colorado Boulder, tweeted on Saturday that he was “ashamed” only one player from a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) got drafted.

JSU’s Isaiah Bolden, a cornerback, was the lonesome HBCU player that heard his name called in the NFL’s three-day event. He was selected by the New England Patriots in the seventh round (245th overall).

“I’m ashamed of the 31 other @nfl teams that couldn’t find draft value in ALL of the talented HBCU players and we had 3 more draft worthy players at JSU,” Sanders tweeted. He also noted that there were three more players from JSU that he believed were ‘draft worthy.’

In 2022, Bolden—6 foot 2, 203 pounds—recorded 30 tackles and seven pass breakups in Sanders’ final year of head coach at JSU.

In last year’s draft, four HBCU players were selected.

Furthermore, Bolden is the second player that has been drafted under the coaching of Sanders. James Houston was the other. He was selected in the sixth round (217th overall) by the Detroit Lions.

At this year’s HBCU combine, an event that began in 2020, 47 players participated. All 32 NFL teams were present for the event.

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