WalterFootball.com was the first to report that Mahomes was planning on entering the 2017 NFL Draft, and he announced that in early January. Mahomes has drawn rave reviews from teams for his work ethic and character. He threw the ball well at the combine, but he does have some mechanical issues to fix. Mahomes completed 66 percent of his passes in 2016 for 5,052 yards with 41 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also rushed for 12 touchdowns.
Some team sources are intrigued by Mahomes, but others are skeptics. Mahomes has a powerful arm and has flashed the ability to be a pocket passer. He also has athleticism with functional mobility to buy time and pick up some yards on the ground. Mahomes is a sleeper who could be a steal. The big knocks on Mahomes are his decision-making and the college system he played in.
One playoff team told me they have a second-round grade on Mahomes and compare him to Derek Carr coming out of Fresno State. Two other teams said they had Mahomes in the third round, while one playoff general manager said he had him in Round 4. There is love/hate with Mahomes in part because of his college offense, but Mahomes flashes the ability to be an accurate passer with a good arm, bulk, flashes of field vision, and mobility. The NFL Draft Advisory board gave him a second-round estimate.
Mahomes plays in a gimmick college offense that produces a lot of points, but Mahomes has shown potential to get NFL consideration. In 2015, he completed 64 percent for 4,653 yards with 36 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. It was a big improvement over his freshman season when he completed 57 percent of his passes for 1,547 yards with 16 touchdowns and four interceptions.
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