Topic: Patrick Mahomes - Bears First Round Pick?
As we know, there is a consensus #1 best player in this years draft: Myles Garret. He was the best player coming out and has impressed even more after (combine, etc..).
The rumors are the Browns are eyeing to take him #1, and then draft a QB with their #12 pick.
With the 49ers snatching both Barkley and Hoyer, they are likely to take a QB (although if Garett is there, they will surely take him).
In both scenarios, either one of Trubisky or Watson should be there when the Bears draft. I will be happy taking a flyer on either. (I am not sold on Kizer). The Bears have spent time with all 3. And as Patg note, the Bears sent a whole contingency down to watch Watson's Pro-day.
With that, there are also discussion that have emerged since we brought in Glennon (naming him the starter and paying him starer $) that drafting a QB at #3 may not be in the cards.
Pace might trade down from #3 overall and grab more picks, AND still grab a QB that can sit on the bench and learn.
That guy and a QB the Bears have spent a lot of time with is Texas Tech's Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes is coming off a huge season that saw him lead the FBS in passing yards (5,052) and total touchdowns (53) - 41 were passing. (10 ints). He's 6-3, 230 lbs and has been dubbed the "Texas Gunslinger".
Hes' been described as a the most polarizing player coming out this year. What I've seen: Huge arm, very accurate, great foot speed, incredibly fast release, decent (not great decision making) and... absolutely horrendous mechanics.
From one scouting report:
Inconsistent mechanics, but what cannot be doubted is Mahomes’ ability to throw the ball accurately and on time without proper form or technique. He gets it done – I saw numerous slant routes thrown with just his wrist, he’s a magician.
"He's got a great arm, big balls and he's mobile. He is going to drive his head coach crazy for the first couple of years and there is no getting around that. If it clicks for him and he's coachable, I think he could become a special quarterback." - NFC executive
Check this out:
Now, I know what many are thinking. We just got rid of a big-armed gun-slinging QB who has piss poor mechanics. True.
But, he's very different that Jay. First, I think he actually has a stronger arm. Second, he's much more accurate. He throws the slant, he throws on time, he throws to a spot. He plays in a spread (which is also a negative), but in that offense, he has to be able to make every throw. The knock on Jay (among many) is that he has the arm to make every throw, but can't make them. Mahomes can AND does.
The other thing I noticed, he goes through his progressions well and rarely locks on a receiver.
Here's his highlight reel:
Now, I'm in no way advocating using our #3 pick on him. And I'm not advocating trading down. I want Watson or Trubisky if they are there.
However, if we (Pace) decides to trade down to say 12-15, and pick up a few more draft picks, this is the QB who will be there. Draft "experts" having him going anywhere from 10 to mid second round.
Again, he comes with a lot of risk. The two big issues with him are h plays in a spread and will have to transition to a pro-set offense - and he he has (incredibly) poor mechanics....
But at 21, and playing (learning) from the bench for at least a year, I think this kid could be special if coached the right way.