With the No. 10 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs have selected former Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes. This is the first time the Chiefs have selected a quarterback in the first round since Todd Blackledge in 1983. Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Kansas City traded their first-round pick (No. 27), a third round pick, and a first round pick next year to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for the No. 10 overall pick.
This move gives off the impression that the organization and Andy Reid are grooming Mahomes to replace Alex Smith after the 2017 season. The Chiefs are obtaining perhaps the best arm in the draft with Mahomes. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound quarterback threw for over 5,000 yards last year with the Red Raiders, recording 41 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions.
Mahomes made the decision to leave Texas Tech a year early and impressed a number of NFL scouts after his pro day on March 31st and a number of individual workouts. Many teams had questions about his transition from an air raid style of offense to the NFL, but it seems that the Chiefs are satisfied with making Mahomes their quarterback of the future. This was a perfect scenario for both Mahomes and the organization because he will get a chance to learn the west coast offense behind Alex Smith before eventually taking the reigns.
Chiefs’ fans have been waiting quite some time for the team to take a chance on a quarterback. Now, they’ve got their man, and he will be given all the tools to have success in the league.