- Draft Tracker: Round 1
10. Kansas City Chiefs
Pete Prisco's Grade: B+
"I like the player, who I think is the best QB in this draft, but they gave up a bunch. He better be worth it."
Alex Smith is still Alex Smith, so the Chiefs needed a quarterback of the future, one who is capable of doing more than simply managing the game. They might've found that guy in Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes comes from Texas Tech's spread system, which is one of the biggest knocks against him, but he arguably features the most upside in this year's draft. He has a strong arm, tremendous playmaking ability, makes a ton of big plays, and can throw from a variety of platforms. In his final season at Texas Tech, he completed 65.7 percent of his passes for 5,052 yards (8.5 YPA), 41 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. He'll need to put in the work to transition to an NFL offense -- his mechanics need refinement -- but the upside is clearly there. He's the anti-Alex Smith.
"We'll find out if they make this is a quarterback competition right away after the Chiefs traded up to get Patrick Mahomes, but he could sit for a year behind Alex Smith. It's doubtful Mahomes starts right away, but Mahomes is someone to target in dynasty leagues with a second-round pick. Mahomes should not be drafted in any seasonal leagues." -- Jamey Eisenberg
Jay Cutler: Mahomes' stock is similar to Cutler's when he was coming out of Vanderbilt in that they both have strong arms, clear playmaking ability, and upside, but both also need to work on their fundamentals and accuracy. Cutler never turned into a top quarterback, but that doesn't mean Mahomes won't.