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Bears Scouting Report: Quarterback Patrick Mahomes

Player: Patrick Mahomes

Position: Quarterback

School: Texas Tech

Year: Junior

Size: 6-foot-3, 230 pounds

The Chicago Bears are going to draft a quarterback. The question is when?

The organization has been linked to Jimmy Garoppolo and Mitch Trubisky, but an unknown name may be the perfect fit for the Bears for several reasons. Patrick Mahomes of Texas Tech. is one of the most underrated players in the draft. His unique skill set makes him an intriguing option for the Bears. The best thing about Mahomes is he will most likely be available in the second round. The Bears can then use their third round draft pick to solidify the defense.   

Mahomes is coming off a great season where he threw for 5,052 yards and had 53 total touchdowns.

He is a very talented athlete that could make a splash in the NFL.

Positives

  • Build: Mahomes is built like your typical NFL quarterback. At 6’3” and 230 pounds, he should have no problem transiting from the college to pro game physically. His big build also allows him to generate a lot of power from the right arm of his.

 

  • Arm Strength: When his mechanics are right, Mahomes has the best arm out of any quarterback in this year’s draft. He can make any throw, from any position, at any time. He reminds me of Aaron Rodgers at times with his ability to throw the ball far and accurately in awkward positions. Mahomes also has the ability to make quick, correct reads, which is lethal when paired with his arm strength.

 

  • Athleticism: Mahomes is a dual threat quarterback. In three years, he ran for 845 yards and 22 touchdowns. He almost has a Cam Newton/ Russell Wilson aura to him when he decides to run the ball. He looks very comfortable out there. His athleticism allows him to scramble around and find the open target. A lot of times a play breaks down and Mahomes makes something out of nothing.

 

  • Decision Making: Mahomes is the opposite of what the Bears are used to (Jay Cutler aka turnover machine). He simply does not make bad decisions. I touched on it before, but his ability to make quick, correct reads is something NFL teams should not overlook.

 

  • Pocket Presence: Many quarterbacks at the college level struggle in the pocket. Whether it be with awareness or poise. Mahomes excels at both. He looks very poised out there. He consistently steps up to avoid pressure and is constantly going through his reads.

 

  • Ability To Read Field: Mahomes doesn’t waste much time when he’s out there. His head and eyes are constantly moving from read-to-read. Even when he is scrambling his head is up and eyes are looking down field.

 

Negatives

  • Has only played in spread offense: This is becoming with several college quarterbacks. They have little to no experience taking snaps from under center. The number one overall pick last season, Jared Goff, had a similar problem. Mahomes is no different. He has played almost all of his college career in the spread offense.
  • Inconsistent Mechanics: For the most part, Mahomes throws with great mechanics. With that being said, there are times where he does many things that can be classified as bad mechanics. Things I’ve seen include:
    • Jumping before throw
    • Crossing opposite (wrong) fit while dropping back    
    • Throwing off front foot
    • Throwing off back foot (failing to step into throws)

Overall, just really bad footwork at times.

  • Forces ball: There could be several reasons Mahomes tries to make every throw. It could have something to do with the program he played for. He and the offense had to carry Texas Tech. With that, comes extra pressure. Still, Mahomes only threw 10 interceptions this past season compared to 41 passing touchdowns. The positive is that Mahomes does not fumble, which is another thing that plagues a lot of young quarterbacks.

Conclusion

In my opinion, Mahomes is the best quarterback in the draft. He has the best arm and it’s not even close. When he has everything working together he reminds of Aaron Rodgers with his ability to scramble in the pocket and find open receivers down field, but because of his inconsistent mechanics, he resembles a young Mathew Stafford. People forget that Stafford had awful mechanics at the start of his career. He was able to clean a lot of them up.

Mahomes can do the same. He has flashes of being a franchise quarterback. He understands how to control an offense, but has to find a way to do it more consistently. Again, there is not a better overall talent in this year’s draft. Mahomes can learn to step into throws and how to play under center. The good thing about inconsistent mechanics is that they can become consistent. Arm strength and freak athleticism are things that cannot be taught. That’s what makes Mahomes such an intriguing player.

The Bears have a lot of moves to make. They need to do their homework on Mahomes. He could end up being the steal of the draft.

More scouting reports coming soon! 

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