Patrick Mahomes’ NFL Draft: Everything You Need To Know

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is considered one of the best quarterbacks to have joined the NFL in recent years. He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2017. Since then Mahomes has helped the Chiefs reach two Super Bowls and win it on one occasion. Here is taking a look back at Mahomes’ NFL Draft.

Patrick Mahomes Draft: Year, Date, Round and Pick Number


Draft YearRoundPick NumberNFL TeamPositionCollegeConference (College)
2017110Kansas City ChiefsQuarterbackTexas Tech UniversityBig 12

Mahomes was a major prospect as per the NFL Scouts, leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft. Mahomes recorded the fastest pass ever recorded during his NFL Combine drills.

Grading Patrick Mahomes’ NFL Draft


Mahomes has gone down as one of the best Draft picks by a team. His draft is now graded ‘A’ however, his rookie season still left a bit of room for speculation. Mahomes played only one game for the Chiefs in his rookie season and transitioned to a starter only in his second season. He took the game by storm since his second season when he won the NFL MVP Award. Mahomes won the Super Bowl with the Chiefs in 2020. He became the youngest NFL quarterback to receive an NFL MVP award. He easily goes down as one of the best quarterback drafts in NFL history.

Patrick Mahomes Draft photo: How old was Patrick Mahomes when he went to the NFL?


Mahomes was 22 when he declared himself for the 2017 NFL Draft. The Chiefs traded up in the Draft with the Buffalo Bills for an overall 10th selection. Patrick Mahomes was the Chiefs' first selection in the 2017 NFL Draft. He finished his final season with Texas Tech leading in passing yards (5052), yards per game (421) and total touchdowns (53) across the country.


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Patrick Mahomes’ Draft Bio and Profile

The draft report is an analysis report by NFL scouts. These scouts analyse the players who declare themselves in the Draft. Scouts analyse college performances and NFL combine reports to assess the potential of a player. Scouts gave Mahomes a prospect grade of 6.3 (will eventually become a starter). Here is a summary of his Draft Bio.

Patrick MahomesQuarterback, University of California. 6 ft. 2 inches, 223 pounds
SummaryA big confident quarterback who led the offense for Texas Tech. Showed great prowess in the 2016 season by completing 66% of passes with 5052 passing yards and 41 touchdowns. Possesses leadership qualities and is a hard worker. Needs to learn how to work a huddle and some mechanical issues with his game. Most likely a second round pick with a possibility of being picked in the first round.
PositivesHe possesses the physicality of an ideal NFL quarterback. Incredibly confident and has a swagger on the field. Accurate on regular throws. Has the arm strength to cover two voids down the sideline. Releases with aggressive torque and does not get cheated on his follow thorugh. Relaxed player who can expedite run-pass-options. Possesses the mobility to escape tightness in the pockets. Can be a legitimate dual action threat.
NegativesInconsistent in his approach. To eager for big game hunting, opening up to risks. Needs to improve anticipatory reads. Decision making can go from good to bad very soon. Explosive delivery causes some throws to sail. Impatient player who leaves the pocket prematurely. A scrambler rather than a pure runner. Needs better touch on intermediate and deep balls.
NFL Combine Note40 Yard Dash: 4.80 seconds, 20 Yard Split: 2.80 seconds, 10 Yard Split: 1.65 seconds, Wonderlic: 24 (0-50), Three-Cone Drill: 6.88 seconds, Vertical Leap: 30 inches, Broad Jump: 9 feet 6 inches, 20 Yard Shuttle: 4.08 seconds

How many quarterbacks were chosen before Aaron Patrick Mahomes?

Mahomes was overall pick number 10 in the 2017 NFL Draft. There was only one quarterback who was drafted ahead of Patrick Mahomes. It was Mitchell Trubisky, who was drafted by the Chicago Bears.

  1. Mitchell Trubisky


Trubisky was overall pick number 2 in the 2017 NFL Draft. He was named as the backup to Mike Glennon in his rookie season with the Bears. Trubisky led the Bears to a NFC North Division title in his second season and also made it to the Pro-Bowl that season. He left the Bears via free agency in 2021 and signed with the Buffalo Bills. He is the backup to Bills quarterback Josh Allen.

Who was the #1 Pick In The NFL When Patrick Mahomes Got Drafted?


Defensive End Myles Garrett was the overall number 1 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns. Garrett has been influential for the Browns team and made it to 3 Pro-Bowls since. When the Browns drafted Garrett, he became the highest draft pick from Texas A&M in the history of the NFL Draft.

Who was Chiefs’ QB before Mahomes?


Patrick Mahomes was a backup to Alex Smith during his rookie season with the Chiefs. Mahomes replaced him as the starting quarterback in 2018. Alex Smith was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in 2005 and got traded to the Kansas City Chiefs in 2013. He was the NFL passer rating leader (104.7) in his last season with the Chiefs. Smith suffered a career-ending injury in 2018 after being traded to the Washington Commanders. It took him two years to recover from the leg injury which almost required amputation. Smith went on to win the NFL Comeback Player of the Year in 2020 and retired at the end of the 2020 season. He is currently an NFL analyst.

Who was the quarterback before Patrick Mahomes at Texas Tech?


Mahomes was a backup to Davis Webb in his freshman year at Texas Tech. He transferred to the University of California, Berkeley after spending the 2015 season as a backup to Patrick Mahomes. Webb was drafted by the New York Giants in Round 3 of the 2017 NFL Draft. He got traded to the Jets in 2018 and later to the Bills in 2019. Webb came back to the Jets for a second stint in 2022.


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