The 6-2, 232-pound Texas Tech starter threw for 5,052 yards and 41 touchdowns and just 10 interceptions last year as a junior, leading the FBS in yardage and total touchdowns.
However, Mahomes is not preoccupied with when he’s drafted, as much as who drafts him.
“I mean, it would definitely be awesome,” Mahomes said Friday. “That’s the dream. You want to be a first-round guy, but for me it’s all about going to the right team, the right organization. I just want to get coached really hard. I want to have every chance to go out there and prove my game every single day.”
As a true freshman, Mahomes became the starter for the Red Raiders for the final four games of 2014. He then went on to start his next two seasons under head coach Kliff Kingsbury. Despite a 5-7 finish for Texas Tech in 2016, Mahomes had a historic year, including an FBS record-setting game with 734 passing yards against Oklahoma.
Some art aficionados revere photorealistic portrait artists. Every stroke of art perfectly and adroitly painted on the canvas. The attention to detail is minute but necessary. Then, there are the Jackson Pollak’s of the world, breaking every rule when it comes to painting, marching to the beat of their own drum. Mahomes is clearly a Jackson Pollak type. The footwork is nearly never on point. He’ll throw back across his body to the middle of the field. He’ll scramble ten yards backwards. He’ll hold the ball too long. Then, when you’re ready to write him off, he throws a laser for a first down or drops a dime 45 yards downfield for a score. He reminds me most of Steelers star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger who seems to appreciate the no rules approach to art, I mean, quarterbacking.
“He’s made me the quarterback I am today,” Mahomes said of Kingsbury. “Just in general, he’s helped me improve every single year. He pushes me and it was something that he gave me advice. When you do this – go all in, be all in, all football all the time – and his work ethic and the way he studies, it transcended to me and it’s something I’ll use going into the NFL.”
Mahomes also relied on the advice and experience of his father. Patrick Mahomes pitched 11 years in Major League Baseball with six teams, including five years with the Minnesota Twins during his career.
“It definitely helped me, just seeing professional athletes growing up,” Mahomes said. “You saw how hard they worked. When they got to the big leagues, how hard they worked to stay there. Him giving me advice as well as LaTroy Hawkins, my godfather. They really have shown me the way to be a professional athlete and that’s definitely something I feel like is an advantage for me.”
The 2017 NFL Draft takes place April 27 through 29 in Philadelphia.