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Pat Mahomes | Quarterback

Team: Texas Tech Red Raiders
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 230

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Rotoworld's Evan Silva assigned the Kansas City Chiefs a "C+" for their draft.
"'Grading' this haul is tough because it is so contingent on (No. 10 pick} Mahomes’ success or lack thereof, and he is a project we won’t see play before 2018," Silva writes. He ultimately assigns them the uninspiring C+ because "this was an average draft" outside of KC's big move up from No. 27 to No. 10 to select Mahomes. The analyst does like the pro prospects of Toledo RB Kareem Hunt, a third-round selection, and believes that he will "challenge Spencer Ware for snaps immediately." Both Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline and Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke are slightly higher on this class, handing them grades of "B-" and "B," respectively. May 4 - 5:12 PM
Source: Rotoworld

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Chiefs selected Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes with the No. 10 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Tired of the Alex Smith era, the Chiefs have surrendered picks No. 27 and 91 along with their 2018 first-rounder to take a shot on a quarterback of the future. Mahomes (6’2/225) made 29 starts for the Red Raiders, posting a career 13-16 record with a 63.5% completion rate, 8.3 yards-per-attempt average, and 93:29 TD-to-INT ratio. Mahomes’ father Pat was an 11-year major league pitcher, mostly with the Twins. On tape, Mahomes’ strengths are his cannon arm and velocity with an ability to make plays amid chaos. Mahomes’ weaknesses are shoddy footwork and a tendency to veer from structure as a natural-born gunslinger who lacks discipline but plays with extreme aggressiveness. A 4.0 college student, Mahomes’ smarts and skill set are in no doubt. He is a classic boom-bust prospect with a top-five NFL quarterback ceiling.
Apr 27 - 9:24 PM

Bills beat writer Matthew Fairburn reports that "those around the league expect Texas Tech QB [Pat] Mathomes to go top-10."

Fairburn additionally reports that the Chiefs "have entertained" a potential trade up from No. 27 in order to obtain Mahomes' services, as they are "known to love him." A top-10 slot would be even higher than that floated by the gunslinger's own agent, as Leigh Steinberg said earlier this week that the Cardinals at No. 13 would be his client's probable ceiling. A report on NFL Network cited a source close to Mahomes late on Thursday as saying that the quarterback would likely be going to either the Chiefs, Texans or Cardinals.
Apr 27 - 5:28 PM

Leigh Steinberg, the agent for Texas Tech QB Pat Mahomes, indicated that he believes that his client's ceiling is the Cardinals at No. 13.

"Let me just say this: I think it’s most likely that he goes to a team that has an incumbent quarterback who’s nearing the end of his career and I think that his range is probably the 13th pick in the first round and up," Steinberg said. The Cardinals would most definitely fit that bill, as Carson Palmer is now 37 years old and has entered the twilight of his pro career. Other teams in the back half of the first round which would also hit that criteria include the Ravens (No. 16), the Giants (No. 23) and the Chiefs (No. 27). Mahomes won't be present at the draft itself on Thursday, as he has instead decided to spend his potentially life-changing moment surrounded by friends and family.
Apr 25 - 5:57 PM

An NFL area scout told Yahoo Sports during the college season that Texas Tech QB Pat Mahomes is "who we wanted Johnny Manziel to be."

"That’s both a good and a bad thing. He’s a gamer, but he’s a real project," the scout said. Most comparisons are relatively boilerplate, but this is a sort of sideways one that makes a lot of sense. Like Johnny Football, Mahomes is a player who excels at conjuring something out of nothing. Unlike Manziel, he comes with none of the off-field baggage and offers more pure arm talent. Other scouts have tossed out Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre as similar to Mahomes in their ability to improvise in the moment.
Apr 24 - 5:40 PM

In discussing Texas Tech QB Pat Mahomes with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, NFL scouts mentioned Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre when discussing Mahomes' improvisational ability.

"I may be crazy but when I watch his tape, just as a scout, I get excited," a personnel man said. "He’s a guilty pleasure. We all have biases. Going in, Texas Tech, dink, dunk, dink, dunk, this guy cannot translate. I left saying, ‘Love this guy. He’s so much fun.’ He pulls plays out of his (expletive) like you wouldn’t believe. It’s not dink and dunk. He believes in his arm so much that it’s a problem sometimes. He’s not ready right now. I’m not comparing him to Aaron (Rodgers), but that natural sense of making plays when they break down is unusual." A longtime favorite of Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom, Mahomes' stock has skyrocketed during the pre-Draft process. He's currently being projected between the Cardinals' pick at No. 13 and the Texans' pick at No. 25. "He is a great kid and willing to do everything," said another scout. "But he’s playing in this gunslinger spread offense (expletive) that no quarterback has ever succeeded from, really."
Apr 23 - 10:44 AM

Houston Texans GM Rick Smith said that the team does not feel pressure to select a quarterback at No. 25.

"I don't feel pressure. At some point, we're going to add a quarterback," Smith said, adding (very rightly) that "[i]t's difficult to play quarterback as a rookie in this league." Smith's comments would seem to echo a report from Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline earlier this week, when Pauline wrote that according to little birdies "close to the organization" quarterback is not truly on the radar for Houston at pick No. 25, as the team is apparently comfortable with trotting Tom Savage out there in 2017 while in a (perhaps fatally-flawed) win-now mode. The offshoot of Smith's comments is that it at least sounds like they could add a quarterback later in the draft even if they don't pull the trigger on the position with their first-round selection.
Apr 21 - 6:43 PM

Texas Tech QB Pat Mahomes acknowledged that he senses Texans HC Bill O'Brien's interest in him.

"I feel like a lot of coaches like me, but especially coach O'Brien. I think my personality and how real I am, those are things beyond what I can do on the field that he likes," Mahomes said. "It seemed like the way I was answering questions, I think he knew that I knew what was going on. You can tell when coaches have a confidence in you." On Monday, Mahomes was in Houston to meet with Texans' officials. Four other teams have shown strong interest in Mahomes, having scheduled him for both a pre-draft visit and a private workout: the Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns and New York Jets. Mahomes said he's met with 21 different teams during the pre-Draft process. He's looking like a first-round probability at this point.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 19 - 4:57 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that sources "close to the organization" say the Houston Texans "won’t draft a quarterback in the first round."

This is a surprising dispatch that flies in the face of what the draft community believes about Houston's intentions. Plugged-in Texans beat writer John McClain has written that Houston would "definitely" take Patrick Mahomes if he was available at No. 25. Pauline is hearing otherwise, writing that Houston's brass believes that it "must win" in 2017 and is comfortable with Tom Savage as the starter. Pauline thinks left tackle or cornerback are more likely positional targets in Round 1 than a quarterback, and further believes that reports about Houston's interest in a quarterback on Day 1 are a smokescreen. We're eight days away from finding out one way or the other.
Apr 19 - 2:16 PM

USA Today's Tom Pelissero reports that "one NFL coach who has done homework on all the top QBs" has heard that Houston Texans HC Bill O'Brien "absolutely loves" Texas Tech QB Pat Mahomes.

And right on cue, Mahomes is visiting the Texans on Monday. There is a lot of smoke behind this one. In addition to Pelissero's report, team beat writer John McClain believes that Houston would "definitely" take Mahomes if he was available at No. 25. Elsewhere, MMQB's Peter King wrote that the Cardinals "might love" Mahomes. Should Arizona be eyeing the gunslinger as a first-round selection, they could potentially trade down from their current No. 13 pick. We think No. 13, itself, would be a touch lofty for Mahomes.
Apr 17 - 12:51 PM

The MMQB's Peter King writes the Cardinals "like" Texas Tech QB Pat Mahomes, and "might love him."

King speculates the Browns seem to like Mitchell Trubisky and Mahomes and pick at No. 12 following their first overall selection. Who could possibly move down? King notes the 49ers, Bears and Jets as teams he heard are interested in trading out. We would throw the Bills in as another team who might trade up. Mahomes certainly fulfills Bruce Arians' love of big arms.
Source: The MMQB
Apr 17 - 10:20 AM

Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes is visiting the Texans on Monday.

Beat writer John McClain said the team would "definitely" select a quarterback at No. 27 if one of the top three were present. This introduces a topic of discussion, if the Texans like the three that much, why not move up for one? Mahomes is a unique prospect with no comparison of success in the NFL. Some love him, but many others have questions about his transition.
Apr 17 - 8:42 AM

Texas Tech QB Pat Mahomes would have hired Jeremy Bates if the Jets did not choose him to be the team's QB coach, according to Adam Schefter.

It is always worth noting these connections. Bates worked as a private quarterback coach for years, and was not on a team's staff after leaving the Bears in 2012. The Jets have shown interest in the top five or six passers during the draft process.
Apr 12 - 9:10 AM

Bills owner Terry Pegula and head coach Sean McDermott, along with other members of the staff, traveled to Texas Tech to work out QB Pat Mahomes.

Other Texas Tech prospects participated in the workout, but Mahomes was obviously the main attraction. This is the third private workout and campus visit for owner Terry Pegula, which is absolutely noteworthy. This is not typical for a team owner and mirrors Jeffrey Lurie last season. The Eagles then traded up for a quarterback.
Apr 12 - 8:43 AM

The Houston Chronicle's John McClain believes that the Houston Texans will "definitely" select a quarterback at No. 27 if one of UNC's Mitchell Trubisky, Clemson's Deshaun Watson or Texas Tech's Pat Mahomes is still available.

This makes complete sense for the Texans, who saw their Tony Romo escape hatch opt for retirement and a lifetime alongside Jim Nantz in the booth earlier this week. McClain had actually earlier reported that the team likely would have used a high pick on a quarterback even if they had succeeded in bringing Romo into the fold. At pick No. 27, the Chiefs are sitting in the sweet zone for a quarterback like Pat Mahomes. It is probably less likely that Watson or Trubisky would be available at that slot. One interesting note on McClain's assessment -- he does not mention either Davis Webb or DeShone Kizer in this equation.
Apr 7 - 3:49 PM