Chiefs Take Risk By Trading Up For Mahomes

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Nov 25, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders quarterback Patrick Mahomes (5) passes against the Baylor Bears in the first half at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 25, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders quarterback Patrick Mahomes (5) passes against the Baylor Bears in the first half at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Rumors swirled regarding the Chiefs taking a quarterback in the first round of the draft. Those rumors proved to hold water when the Chiefs moved up 17 spots to select Patrick Mahomes. The bold move could prove to be a great pick down the road, or it could end poorly.


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What Mahomes Brings To The Table

Patrick Mahomes does a lot of things well. He has plus arm strength, and can make any throw on the field. His ball placement can be excellent. Mahomes has many Brett Favre qualities in his game. However, that isn’t always a complement. His footwork needs work, especially when it comes to sitting in the pocket. He can also cut down on taking chances. Mahomes is widely considered a developmental prospect. The Chiefs give him an ideal situation.

Why The Move Was Smart

The Chiefs continue to be contenders and make the playoffs. However, they continue to fall short in the postseason. How does that change? Instead of accepting mediocrity at quarterback, you find a way to snag a quarterback who can change the dynamic of an offense. John Dorsey took a necessary risk when he moved up 17 spots on Thursday night. Mahomes may work out and be a franchise quarterback, or he may flop. The key is the determination to change. Dorsey decided it was time to change.

Let’s also include Andy Reid here. Reid is a quarterback whisperer, and if anyone can turn Mahomes into a solid pro, Reid can do it. He turned Alex Smith into someone the Chiefs could work with. He can do the same with Mahomes. With all the weapons the Chiefs currently possess, it makes things a little easier on Andy Reid.

Not only does the move make sense from a planning perspective, Alex Smith also has an out in his contract after this season. He counts 20.6 million dollars against the cap in 2018. Drafting Mahomes allows the Chiefs the chance to move on from Alex Smith next offseason and avoiding a major cap hit.

Why The Move Is Questioned

A danger always exists when you take a chance on a quarterback in the first round of the draft. Mahomes has lots of talent, but there is serious risk involved. Quarterbacks are just under a 50/50 proposition in this league, which is not good odds. Plus, Mahomes is not the only quarterback who landed in a good situation. DeShaun Watson landed in Houston, who boasts a Super Bowl caliber defense and weapons on the offensive side. One of the two should succeed, but it won’t be both. If Mahomes doesn’t turn out, Chiefs fans will turn and look at the third round pick and 2018 first round pick Dorsey gave away.

Whatever side the fans fall on, Mahomes is here to stay. Welcome to Kansas City!

— Jake Schyvinck is a Managing Editor for cover32 and covers the Kansas City Chiefs. He can be followed on Twitter here.

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