Deion Sanders: HBCU players were neglected and rejected in the NFL draft

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The 2021 NFL draft did not include a single player from a Historically Black College and University. Deion Sanders is not happy about that.

Sanders, the Pro Football Hall of Famer who now coaches at an HBCU, Jackson State, wrote on Instagram that “our kids are being NEGLECTED & REJECTED.”

“I witnessed a multitude of kids that we played against that were more than qualified to be drafted,” Sanders wrote. “My prayers are that This won’t EVER happen again.”

This was a particularly challenging year for players from HBCUs because the COVID-19 pandemic moved their seasons to the spring. That meant seniors had to either skip their final season of college football or accept that they wouldn’t be available to participate in workouts for NFL teams.

Several players from HBCUs have signed as undrafted free agents.

38 responses to “Deion Sanders: HBCU players were neglected and rejected in the NFL draft

  1. Because deion Sanders couldn’t have been a bad coach and the players not good enough to be drafted. That would just be insane. It would defy all logic. #SHUTUPDEION

  2. What our friend fails (apparently) to realize, there were many many many many black players drafted. Who cares what college they came from? He’s insinuating they weren’t drafted because they played at a HBCU. Preposterous.

  3. Here we go … quotas on the number of Players drafted from a HBCU school.

    How awesome would it be if the only player that gets drafted next year was some white fullback.. Sanders head would explode

  4. Given the rich history of HBU player success in the NFL going back decades and the competitive nature of the NFL, I cannot imagine that any sort of conspiracy involving 32 teams exists.

  5. I agree with Neon and hope this never happens again. I know he’s no Jet fam but if has a RG, CB or pass rusher in mind, we sure can use him. I’m sure Joe Douglas will take your call and recommendation.

  6. Well. Good. Any school that is only for one particular race is racist, isn’t it? Maybe those schools shouldn’t even be allowed to participate. We’re all against racism, right?

  7. Dion’s never been a good person and he’s got some balls to be so critical. I’m so glad he’s off the NFL network.

  8. this comment would mean significantly more if it was from a player who played at an hbcu

  9. I didn’t read this as a comment on race but as a comment on the HBCU’s not getting the notice and attention that they deserve.

    Deon is a smart dude guys and obviously knows that race is not an issue in the draft.

    He was just saying that he hopes that the scouts and coaching staffs on the various teams take note of the HBCU’s in the future.

  10. I’m guessing the world would be a much better place if people would simply stop trying to be offended by pretty much everything.

  11. Ur missing the point if u actually took time to read article then you would see her meant since hbcu’s are smaller schools nobody took the time to see the talent there …. And as far are the draft if all the top talent that were of color decided to stop going to these power 5 schools and go to hbcus i wonder how the NCAA games would look then

  12. birdperson says:
    May 4, 2021 at 1:33 pm
    Because deion Sanders couldn’t have been a bad coach and the players not good enough to be drafted. That would just be insane. It would defy all logic. #SHUTUPDEION
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    So instead of simply disagreeing and bringing up counterpoints, you attack his abilities that you have never seen and close it with an all caps hash tag?! You seem like a wonderful person to be around. If this is how you respond to disagreements, you are destined to live a sad and lonely life

  13. He’s not wrong. It’s pretty common knowledge to high school athletes that if you have any level of talent in football whatsoever to not go to an HBCU or Ivy League school. Both are treated like the plague by NFL scouts which is sad since HBCU players that do make it tend to be generational level talent. How many teams have repeatedly passed on the next Jerry Rice, Shannon Sharpe, Steve McNair or Walter Payton (all HBCU talents) just because they went to a school that doesn’t play games on Network TV on Saturday afternoons.

  14. HBCU Schools shouldn’t exist now with the obvious goal of obliterating racism. Its a two way street. No as far as the talent goes, I bet most those players are at those schools because they weren’t good enough to get into a bigger program so maybe, and hear me out on this.. maybe they just aren’t good enough

  15. brian clifton says:
    Ur missing the point if u actually took time to read article . .
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    I DID read the article, so stop making excuses for Deion Sanders.
    Many, many HBCU players have not only been drafted by pro football teams but have become stars, dating back to at least the 1960s. That means somebody always took the time to see them.
    One caveat is that unless they’re truly exceptional, any player that comes from a small school and plays against generally inferior competition — at least compared to the bigger conferences — will almost automatically get studied less than a Power Conference player.
    More significantly in this case, because of COVID HBCU schools didn’t play last fall, choosing to wait until this spring. Their players hadn’t been on a field to be evaluated since 2019. By then NFL teams had already finished the massive amount of work it takes to scout, study and prepare for the draft.
    This year was an anomaly — based in part by decisions HBCU schools voluntarily made — and Sanders should know that. If he’s going to whine and complain he ought to become more aware of what’s going on around him. Then he needs to get over himself and stop finding phantom fault under every rock.

  16. The power conferences were relied upon heavily this “Pandemic Draft” due to lack of exposure, no visits, no games, kids exempted & allowed extra year of college eligibility. To eliminate or at least reduce risk, going with established big time colleges makes sense. Hopefully, the next college season is much more typical & the NFL teams get more chances to dig deeper into the overlooked, smaller schools for possible draft gems.

  17. Remember when Deion tried to stiff the guy who had done some vehicle repairs for him and claimed that “God” was the one who told him the amount he should pay? Yeah, I don’t pay attention to anything that comes out of Deion Sanders’ mouth.

  18. The third pick in the entire draft was Trey Lance from North Dakota State, an FCS school which cancelled its fall season. If the talent is there, NFL teams will find you.

  19. Might just be there weren’t very many draftable HBCU prospects — there weren’t. This was a very thin draft. Next year’s will be muuuch better.

  20. I agree with him generally however, this year gets a pass based on the current circumstances as mentioned. My team (the Saints) drafted a player from an HBCU (Terron Armstead) in the 3rd round and he turned out to be one of the best OTs in the league.

  21. “Our kids?” Mr. Sanders? The NFL is 70% black. So if there’s systemic racism in the NFL, the owners/HCs/GMs are doing a colossally poor job in maintaining this supposed discrimination. More to the point though: Do you really think there’s a GM in the league who wouldn’t draft a HBCU player if he thought that player could help his team? Your outrage is sorely misplaced.

  22. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell needs to show some leadership with repspect to the underrepresentation of HBCU players. An affirmative approach may be necessary whereby a team gets an extra 3rd round pick if that team in the prior year selects an HBCU player in any round. This would help promote HBCU players and address the disrespect the HBCU football community has patiently endured for decades. Patience has run out. Thank you Deion Sanders for using your platform to speak out on this important topic.

  23. The NFL doesn’t give a darn where you went to school. But HBCU schools are small and don’t bring in lots of big-time recruits so the talent level doesn’t lend itself to tons of guys making it to the NFL.

  24. Patriots haven’t signed any UDFA post the NFL draft. At least one has made the team every year for 17 years.

    Deion, recommend any players you truly believe are NFL ready to Belichick. I am sure he will give them a visit on your recommendation alone. Even if they don’t get signed there’s a chance he puts them on a list of players to fill holes in the roster due to injuries.

  25. idontcareaboutyourstupidteam says:
    May 4, 2021 at 1:37 pm
    Well. Good. Any school that is only for one particular race is racist, isn’t it? Maybe those schools shouldn’t even be allowed to participate. We’re all against racism, right?
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    Let’s see if we can educate you. HBCU’s were created in a time when Black people weren’t allowed to attend , let’s say, HWCU’s. So which one was the racist?? In today’s world there are white players playing at HBCU’s so, again, where’s the racism there? The historical reference is to the fact these schools were created to provide an opportunity for higher education that they couldn’t get simply because of the color of their skin. Let’s dig deeper than knee jerk reactions shall we?

  26. To the commentator that suggests HBCU schools should not exist, I suspect you would say the same about women’s colleges.

    Do you really think the existence of the schools promote racism and sexism? There are white students at HBCUs and male students at the Seven Sisters, they are just in the minority.

  27. How many other Division II and III schools were drafted? It’s lower level competition. I would also be willing to bet that 65-70% of everyone drafted last weekend was a person of color. It’s a talent issue. Not race.

  28. justanotherguy55 Thank you for enlightening idontcareaboutyourstupidteam and others who don’t understand and exhibit their ignorance on a topic with their comments.

  29. justanotherguy55 Thank you for enlightening idontcareaboutyourstupidteam and others who don’t understand and exhibit their ignorance on a topic with their comments.

    Also, don’t know who said it but what’s up with #shutupDion; he’s played and excelled at the highest level; I think he can evaluate someone who is capable of making it to the next level. You don’t have a problem when Peyton Manning or Bret Farve post stuff, so give it a rest when Dion or lebron speak out..

  30. Fabricating reasons to keep racism alive and well.

    How many people in this world today make big money by stoking the flames of racism?

    Content of character over color of skin every single time. Thank you thank you thank you Dr King….And even Branch Rickey before that. They showed us the way over 50 years ago and people still won’t follow their teachings.

    We don’t classify people by eye color, nor by hair color, so why skin color color?

    There is only one race….the human race.

    The person who introduces skin color into a conversation is the racist.

  31. So!! The draft is over and Deon is upset HBCU players weren’t picked!
    You know what’s important here? Deon waited till it was over to get the word out about HBCU players that were talented. Didn’t here him selling these players from his pulpit before the draft. Did he take his offseason n and use it to highlight players he thought should get looked at? Some people like to point out the obvious and scream about something after it’s over rather than planning to keep it from happening. That is Deon! So next year maybe Deon gets in front of this instead of waiting to complain.

  32. I would also like to see something done about the lack of white cornerbacks and running backs drafted this year. This CANNOT HAPPEN AGAIN.

  33. Ironic that Mr. Sanders makes this comment a couple of months before Bill Nunn is inducted into the Hall of Fame. Perhaps Sanders is not a student of NFL history. Take a few hours and read “The Color of Sundays” (Andre Conte).

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