2017 NFL Draft Grades: Chiefs get a B+ for selecting Patrick Mahomes No. 10

With the 10th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, acquired by trade with the Bills, the Chiefs select quarterback Patrick Mahomes out of Texas Tech.

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."

Instant analysis 

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.

Fantasy impact

"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

NFL comparison

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. 

CBS Sports Writer

Sean Wagner-McGough joined CBS Sports in 2015 after graduating from UC Berkeley. A native of Seattle, Sean now resides in the Bay Area. He spends his spare time defending Jay Cutler on Twitter. Full Bio

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