While there is little consensus over who is the best quarterback in the 2017 NFL Draft, Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes II might separating himself from the pack.
Analysts have debated how to rank the signal callers through the pre-draft process, but as the big moment draws near this Thursday, Mahomes’ stock is on the rise, according to Mel Kiper for ESPN.
“Mahomes is the hot guy in the draft right now,” Mel Kiper said Monday, via Herbie Trope for The Times-Picayune. “Make no mistake about that.”
Mahomes is one of four quarterback prospects broadly rated among the top of their class, along with Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer, North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky and Clemson’s Deshaun Watson. While none of the group was initially viewed as an elite talent, there’s been increasing speculation the passers could come off the board earlier than expected.
It’s impossible to say what all of this means for Mahomes in particular. Once considered a late-first or second-round pick, he could conceivably come off the board within the top 10 or 20 choices.
Listed at 6-foot-2, 225 pounds and timed at 4.80 seconds in the 40-yard dash, Mahomes completed 63.5 percent of his passes for 11,252 yards with 93 touchdowns and 29 interceptions in three seasons with the Red Raiders. He ran for an additional 845 yards and 22 touchdowns in 32 games.
Mahomes is an intriguing prospect, and it certainly helps that his star on the rise the week of the draft. Then again, all four of the top signal callers have been treated as the top passer at one time or another, and there’s still little to no consensus.
In other words, Mahomes may be the hot prospect now. All that matters is who’s hottest come Thursday.