With the NFL Draft on Thursday, we are looking at some of the Big 12’s best prospects and where they might end up in the draft. We’ve already looked at offensive linemen and tight ends, and receivers, now let’s look at a few of the Big 12’s most promising quarterbacks and running backs in the 2017 draft.
Patrick Mahomes II
QB – Texas Tech
PROS: In 2016, Mahomes threw for over 5,000 yards and 41 touchdowns while scoring an additional 12 touchdowns while running the ball. He is just the second player in FBS history to surpass the mark of 5,000-plus yards of total offense twice. He received Second Team All-Big 12 honors, and he is an athlete with a great combination of flexibility, height, and a broad frame. He displays confidence and has the ability to instill it in his offensive teammates as well. He has received comparisons to Brett Favre, and even threw the best pass QB guru Jon Gruden has ever seen. He possesses robust arm strength with a quick release and the ability to deliver passes into tight spots with touch. He is also quick and nimble enough to gain yardage as needed in rushing situations and those which require escapability. He has potential to grow with proper coaching and development.
CONS: Mahomes has been criticized for depending on his athletic prowess and arm strength while exhibiting sloppy mechanics and footwork. He had six fumbles in 2016 season. He also carries the label of “system quarterback” and his ability to adapt to an NFL offense has been questioned, since he will have to learn how to take a snap under center.
OUTLOOK: The current word indicates that Mahomes is the fastest rising QB in the draft. His ability to succeed will have everything to do with the right fit in an organization that will develop him patiently. He has tremendous upside and all the physical tools one could hope for in a quarterback. He is expected to go in the 2nd or 3rd round, but don’t be surprised if his name is called earlier on Thursday night.