With the 10th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs selected former Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
Mahomes went from a 2nd or 3rd rounder to a likely top half of the first round pick in the last few weeks. Mahomes’ college stats are incredible, but it’s about much more than that with the Texas Tech QB. He has ideal NFL size, solid pocket mobility, and wants to be a passer, not a runner. His accuracy has improved each season in Lubbock and he has a cannon for an arm. If anything, he can try to fit certain passes into windows that just aren’t there, and his accuracy on intermediate passes need some fine tuning. Adjusting to an NFL scheme will also be a work in progress for Mahomes, but now that he can learn under a veteran like Alex Smith and a solid QB coach and offensive mind like Andy Reid, it’s an ideal fit for the young man.
In the 2016 season, Mahomes completed 65.7% of his passes, throwing for over 5,000 yards with 41 touchdowns to just 10 interceptions.
To think that there was discussion of this guy staying in Lubbock for another season now seem crazy.
It’s my belief that a lot of people overlooked Mahomes from the get go because he didn’t play for a national powerhouse program and Tech wasn’t all that good the past couple of seasons. Scouts likely assumed he was just a quarterback who was a product of an offense-happy system.
But obviously once they got to know Mahomes, learn about his background, and see his skills in person, a lot of teams quickly and wisely changed their minds.
A nice little perk as well: Patrick Mahomes gets to stay in Big 12 country.
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