“So proud [of you Bolden],” Sanders tweeted. “You deserved to be drafted much higher but I’m truly proud of [you.] I know how much [you] want this.” Had the former NFL superstar (he has played for the Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, the team formerly known as the Washington Redskins, and the Baltimore Ravens) simply ended his tweet there, it would’ve been a typical sentiment. But Sanders wasn’t content with just congratulating his former ward — he had a bone to pick with the 31 teams in the NFL that don’t play in Foxborough, Massachusetts. “I’m ashamed of the 31 other [NFL] teams that couldn’t find draft value in ALL of the talented HBCU players & we had 3 more draft worthy players at [Jackson State],” Sanders added. NFL scouts and draft analysis experts will have to explain how factual Sanders’ claim of other draft-worthy players is, but it’s a curious complaint in the grander context of the 2023 NFL Draft. Because while Bolden may have been the only HBCU athlete selected in the draft this year, ESPN and the NFL both made sure to remind the audience that this year’s draft featured three black quarterbacks being taken in the first four picks of the draft (the first 10 picks overall were all black athletes): The Western Journal.
So proud is you @isaiahbolden23 You deserved to be drafted much higher but I’m truly proud of u. I know how much u want this. I’m ashamed of the 31 other @nfl teams that couldn’t find draft value in ALL of the talented HBCU players & we had 3 more draft worthy players at JSU. pic.twitter.com/BfEm3zIGPH— COACH PRIME (@DeionSanders) April 30, 2023