When a team drafts a quarterback in the first round, it usually means that the team is ready to move on from its veteran. That was the case for the Kansas City Chiefs last season. The team selected Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes with the 10th pick in the 2017 draft. It was a signal to the team and the fans that the organization was ready to move on from Alex Smith.
“To get drafted in the top ten by the Chiefs, who I wanted to go to, was an amazing feeling.” ~ Patrick Mahomes pic.twitter.com/yDCAsuHKaj
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) April 26, 2018
Well, the time has come for Mahomes to take the reigns of a powerful offense and take it to the next level. He will be at the helm of an offensive juggernaut that features Kareem Hunt, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, and newly acquired receiver Sammy Watkins. Any quarterback would be highly thrilled with the possibility of leading an offense like this on the field.
The second season slinger gave fans a glimpse of what he could achieve last season against the Denver Broncos. In that game, Mahomes went 22 for 35 for 284 yards and threw one interception. Those numbers may not be eye-popping for most, but it came against a Denver team that still had an above average pass defense.
This season, he will have the chance to go through the ups-and-downs of his first full NFL season. However, the Chiefs will be banking on him to have a similarly productive season to his 2015 and 2016 season with the Red Raiders. In those two seasons, Mahomes threw for 9,705 with a 64.6 completion percentage. He tossed 77 touchdowns to 25 interceptions and ran the ball for over 700 yards.
Although getting numbers like that in the NFL is a more difficult feat. Mahomes will have plenty to learn this season and could have a tough time keeping the Chiefs on top of the AFC West. Their divisional foes employ arguably three of the top 10 pass rushers in the league in Von Miller, Khalil Mack and Joey Bosa.
Also, he Mahomes has to go against seven of the top 10 pass defenses of 2017 this season. And this doesn’t include a Rams team that has former Chief Marcus Peters and former Bronco Aqib Talib. Even so, Mahomes has a huge arm and was able to watch and learn the offense for a season. So, buckle in Chiefs fans. It could possibly be the start of something great or a tough year.