Chiefs CEO explains why trading up for Patrick Mahomes was an 'easy decision'

The first round of the 2017 NFL Draft was filled with surprises, starting with the Bears' inexplicable decision to trade up from No. 3 to No. 2 to grab Mitchell Trubisky. The issue wasn't who they took -- though questions remain about what type of NFL quarterback Trubisky will be -- but that the Bears gave up so much (in addition to the third-overall pick, two third-rounders and a fourth-rounder), and that it's unclear if the coach and general manager were on the same page in the hours before it all went down. Either way, eight picks later, the Chiefs swung a deal with the Bills to move up from No. 27 to No. 10 to get their very own future face of the franchise.

Kansas City sent its 2017 and 2018 first-rounders, and a 2017 third-rounder to Buffalo for the right to draft Texas Tech's Patrick Mahomes II.

While the mock-draft cognoscenti tabbed Mahomes as a first-rounder, the thinking was that he'd last until the 20s. But the Chiefs saw something they liked, didn't want to wait around, and went and got him. And unlike Chicago, where Trubisky joins a bad team that may not be much better in 2017, there's no urgency in Kansas City for Mahomes to get on the field. He'll play behind steady-as-she-goes Alex Smith, the first-overall pick in 2005, whose contract runs through the 2018 season.

"It's not a decision that I take lightly," Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said recently, according to ESPN.com's Adam Teicher. "But all things considered, it was not a hard decision. The chance to get a quarterback who can be a franchise quarterback for the Chiefs in the future made it a pretty easy decision."

Mahomes has been likened to Brett Favre for his gunslinging style, and coach Andy Reid was Favre's quarterbacks coach in Green Bay in the late 1990s.

"They both know the quarterback position," Hunt said of Reid and general manager John Dorsey. "I think Andy has a tremendous history of developing young quarterbacks. He really felt Patrick's skill set and his personality and his mental approach to the game were some things that he could work with and really turn him into a great quarterback. Having Andy and John at the helm made this a much easier decision for me to agree with because I respect their opinion so much."

Hunt isn't alone; CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco says Mahomes "will be the best quarterback in this class, so from a talent standpoint making the move up in the first round to get him makes sense."

So for the first time since 1983, when the Chiefs took Todd Blackledge, they have drafted a quarterback in the first round.

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Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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