Since the Kansas City Chiefs took Patrick Mahomes with the 10th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the franchise has headed further in the right direction. The Chiefs are coming off their first Super Bowl win in 50 years that saw Mahomes play a big part in orchestrating an incredible fourth-quarterback comeback to secure the victory. In hindsight, the selection of the Texas Tech product wasn’t as much in stone as Kansas City had some fear that he wasn’t going to still be available at their pick.
Patrick Mahomes taken 10th overall by the Chiefs
In the 2017 NFL Draft, there were a few quarterbacks near the top of the board with the likes of Mahomes, Mitchell Trubisky, and Deshaun Watson being the cream of the crop.
The Chiefs weren’t initially viewed as a team that had a serious interest in landing a quarterback as Pro Bowl Alex Smith helped guide the franchise to a healthy level of success. Kansas City made those intentions quite clear after moving up 17 spots to the 10th overall pick in a trade with the Buffalo Bills in exchange for their 2017 third-round selection and a 2018 first-round pick.
The rest is history from that point on as they snagged their future franchise quarterback behind a significant jump up the board. However, it was a move that they didn’t entirely think it was possible to land Mahomes.
Why the Chiefs were worried about chances of landing Patrick Mahomes
Over the last couple of years, it has become clear that the Chiefs had their eyes zeroed in on Mahomes in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
It was the sole reason why they moved up to that pick, but there was still some uneasiness before that 10th spot. General manager Brett Veach voiced during an interview on the Rich Eisen Show on Monday that the team couldn’t move beyond that draft spot and feared that the selection of Trubisky by the Chicago Bears at the second overall pick would lead to all the top quarterbacks off the board.
“We felt confident that were going to get him, but however I will say in the draft there is always a run so when the first corner goes then all the corners go. When the tackle goes then all the tackles go. So we felt like We felt we were ahead of the curve in regards to Pat Mahomes. When (Mitchell) Trubisky went No. 2, we all got scared because we thought there would be a landslide of calls trying to move up.
I don’t think we could have gone higher than 10, so we were pigeonholed at that. So when Mitch went two and that was a little bit of nervousness all the way up until Cincinnati took John Ross (ninth overall) once they turned the card in there was high fives around the table.”
There was some real concern because there were several teams that could have taken a quarterback ahead of them. Teams such as the San Francisco 49ers and New York Jets could all have gone that route, but the Chiefs had things play out in their favor to present the opportunity to take Mahomes.
It’s a move that changed the course for the Chiefs, with their franchise cornerstone heading the charge for years to come.
Chiefs forever changed by Patrick Mahomes
The Chiefs made the gutsy decision to move up to snag a prospective quarterback despite already having a stable option under center.
It’s a move that has paid huge dividends with Mahomes developing quickly into arguably the best quarterback in the league. He has become the driving force for the Chiefs that has guided them to a Super Bowl win in only his third year.
There is an extremely bright future ahead of Mahomes and, more importantly, Kansas City behind the move that changed the franchise forever.