The Kansas City Chiefs and Arizona Cardinals are two teams that reportedly like Patrick Mahomes quite a bit in the NFL Draft.
The Kansas City Chiefs have done their homework. They’ve assessed every potential quarterback pick in the 2017 NFL Draft through interviews, workouts, the NFL Combine, personal visits and more. Now they have to figure out which should sit atop their draft board. Per Matt Miller of Bleacher Report, that man might be Patrick Mahomes of Texas Tech.
"If you’re looking for a Mahomes landing spot, two teams I’m told by scouts and general managers that really like him are the Arizona Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs."
Miller’s report certainly jives with mock drafts and the amount of attention the Chiefs have given to Mahomes, but it would also be true of any quarterback from Mitchell Trubisky to Nathan Peterman. The reality is that the Chiefs are ready to pull the trigger on any option because every one of them have been through Arrowhead Stadium at one point or another.
The bad news for the Chiefs is that they largely sit behind every single team in the first round who could use a new quarterback. If any team in the draft is likely to move up, it’s going to be the Chiefs. General manager John Dorsey failed to leap up in the draft last year in time to get Paxton Lynch in a deal that was reportedly set to go down. Will he let the same thing happen again?
The Chiefs have 10 draft picks and likely won’t have spots for 10 rookies on the roster, so it makes sense that the Chiefs could afford to trade up and grab the player they want. Unfortunately they’re going to have competition for a guy they like if the rumors are right. And the Cardinals won’t be the only team likely vying for Mahomes if others have also fallen in love with his cannon of an arm.