When a lesser known player coming out of college turns into a success story, hindsight becomes 20/20 as people start to look back on all the teams who missed out on such a talent. It’s easier to say it well after it was done.
Case in point: Patrick Mahomes.
The Kansas City Chiefs saw something in him, which is why they traded up to take the soon-to-be star quarterback. Looking back on that draft, Mahomes was not in the discussion as one of the best QB’s coming into the league as he watched nine other quarterbacks taken ahead of him.
On the outside looking in, it seems as if only the KC Chiefs saw something in him, but that wasn’t entireley true.
According to Mahomes’ agent, Leigh Steinberg, the Chiefs had significant competition for his services, which is why thay parted ways with picks – No. 27, No. 91, and a 2018 first-rounder just to jump ahead of those teams.
“The draft prognosticators are projecting things, and if you recall, they had anointed this trio of Trubisky, (Deshaun) Watson, and DeShone Kizer, and they were considered the top-round quarterbacks,” Steinberg told ESPN’s Adam Teicher. “At the beginning, they had Patrick at best a second-rounder.
“Everybody publicly was saying he was years away from being ready to play, but teams were communicating with us, and we were aware Kansas City liked him very much. We were also aware there were a number of other teams that liked him, teams like the Arizona Cardinals, the New York Giants, the New Orleans Saints, the Pittsburgh Steelers. There were teams that would try to make the move a year early to try to prepare their next starting QB.
“We’re sitting there on the night of the draft, and there’s communication going back and forth between teams and agents. It’s not something you see, but we’re on our phones talking with coaches and general managers. We were aware of certain teams that said they were trying to trade up. If Kansas City hadn’t gone exactly where they went, he would have been gone. He would have been gone on the very next pick.”
As it turned out, the Saints owned the very next pick, with the Cardinals sitting at 13th, the Giants 23rd, and the Steelers 30th.
Oh, what could’ve been….