Finding the top QB in the NFL Draft is a priority for many teams, and a new report indicates that Patrick Mahomes, who played quarterback for Texas Tech, may be thought of as the No. 1 QB by some NFL teams. As reported by Rotoworld:
“Appearing on the Setting the Edge Podcast, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport revealed some NFL evaluators consider Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes as the top QB in the draft…The hosts of the podcast suggested Mahomes might be a pick for the Cardinals in the second round, with Rapoport interjecting “if he makes it to round two.” The first round quarterback discussion largely centered around Deshaun Watson, Mitch Trubisky and DeShone Kizer, but it might be time to throw Mahomes’ name in the hat. Mahomes is a completely unique player, so some teams will fall in love and others will rank him outside of the top five prospects at the position.”
Mahomes stats from 2016 do look very good, though stats are often inflated at the college level. Still, he threw for 5,052 yards and 41 touchdowns. His competition percentage was 65.7, and he only had 10 interceptions. In his college career, he threw for 11,252 yards, 93 scores, and 29 picks.
He also proved he could move the ball on the ground, running for 845 yards and 22 touchdowns. He caught one pass, in 2015, though it went for just three yards.
Overall, it would be surprising if he was the first QB taken, but his stock seems to be rising even before the Combine.