PFF scouting report: Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech

The PFF analysis team breaks down the prospects of Texas Tech's Patrick Mahomes ahead of the 2017 NFL Draft.

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(John Weast/Getty Images)

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PFF scouting report: Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech

Name: Patrick Mahomes

School: Texas Tech

Position fit: Starting QB

Stats to know: Ranked second in the nation in big-time throws, but third in the nation in turnover-worthy plays

What he does best:

  • Smooth, whip release with power and touch.
  • Arm is special and may define the term “arm talent.”
  • Can make any throw with accuracy and power to and level/area of the field, from every type of platform and arm angle.
  • Incredibly instinctive, intuitive player with a good feel for passing game.
  • Athletic in the pocket with ability to make rushers miss, or shed with strength.
  • Anticipates well. Time from locating receiver to ball out of his hand is extremely quick.
  • Overall has good vision and ability to see multiple defenders in his reads.
  • Poise to make any throw no matter what the chaos is around him in the pocket.
  • Plays outside of the structure of the offense as well as anyone in the NFL does right now.
  • Gritty playmaker. Wants the ball in his hands and delivers when his team needs it most.

Biggest concerns:

  • Plays undisciplined too often.
  • Inconsistent footwork, loses his base but tends to make up for it with his arm.
  • Tendency to drift in the pocket in all directions when it’s not necessary.
  • Bad habit of breaking from clean pockets too early when the pass rush dictates him to stay in there.
  • Forces too many throws and tries for the hero play too often.
  • Steep learning curve coming from the Texas Tech spread/wide open system.

Bottom line: Mahomes is as interesting as a prospect as there is at quarterback that comes with high risk/high reward. His arm is as good as any quarterback in the NFL playing right now. The natural passing instincts as far as sliding and feeling pass-rushers in the pocket, to seeing in front of the throw and adjusting to the type of throw needed, is special. His lack of discipline in the pocket with footwork, bailing on clean pockets, and decision making is a big concern. Some of the bailing on pockets can be attributed to how much “rush three drop eight into coverage” he saw, which can lead to playing outside of structure to find passing lanes more often. Coming from a system with everything so spread out and defined passing lanes, there will be an adjustment period needed for the NFL game and seeing tighter throwing lanes. Mahomes is not likely a Day 1 starter in the NFL but is certainly worth a first-round selection as a potential big hit as a franchise quarterback.

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  • Phil

    Run first team hes a superstar, Pass first team and hes a career backup. High Quality Short passing game w/ elite mobility on a team that utilizes play action to unleash his cannon arm sounds like a recipe for success. Forcing him to throw 30-35+ times a game from a pocket when his intermediate passing game is only average and his mobility so good it just isnt a great fit.

  • Sapientia

    What he does best: everything needed for a top five QB and difficult or impossible to teach (bazooka arm, soft touch, competitiveness, intelligence, professionalism, confidence). Biggest concerns: everything that can be improved by NFL coaching (footwork, discipline, hero ball, drafts in pocket). Let’s stop overthinking it. This is the best QB prospect of the past two years. This kid is electric.

  • Mitchell Corona

    I’m absolutely desperate for the Chiefs to somehow get this guy.

    • Bill Doerr

      You might as well start setting your eyes on another QB because the KC Chiefs most definitely will not be getting Mahomes, he will be LONG gone by the time KC comes on the board.
      Mahomes will be drafted by the Cardinals w/ the 13th overall pick in round 1, both Bruce Arians & GM Steve Keim absolutely LOVE Mahomes . I am sure they would like to pick him up in round 2 but thats not possible as Houston/KC would definitely draft him in round 1 if AZ passes him up & the NYG/Steelers could possibly draft him in round 1 as well. Mahomes is worth a 1st round pick & AZ believes he will become a franchise QB, so rather than risk losing him they will just draft him 13th overall, and that is whats be whispered around the league right now as well that AZ will selecting Mahomes.

      • CHIEFS!

        you nailed this call!

        • Birddawg

          To his defence.. they had to trade up…
          He was right in where Mahomes would be picked and wrong that the chiefs wouldnt get him..

      • chiefs


  • Bill Doerr

    Mahomes is going to become an excellent pro-bowl starting QB, I believe he is by far the best long term QB prospect in this draft who’s ceiling is FAR Higher than all the other QBs available in this draft. Mahomes reminds me of a combination of Aaron Rodgers/Russell Wilson.
    Arizona will draft Mahomes 13th overall I believe which is the best possible place for him. In AZ Mahomes will be able to sit for a minimum of 1 year (maybe 2 if Palmer plays in 18) , learning behind a 12+ year Elite Veteran All-Pro/Pro-Bowl QB in Carson Palmer which is Extremely valuable while learning from & being developed by Bruce Arians who is the best QB coach/developer in the NFL, as well as learning under Tom Moore as well. Arians will break Mahomes down & build him back up polishing up his foot work & Mechanics, Palmer has arguably the best foot work/mechanics in the NFL & he can help Mahomes out as well to where his mechanics will become 2nd nature to him. By the time Mahomes starts a game his mechanics will be extremely polished & he will know Bruce Arians offense inside and out, sitting him for 1-2 seasons will turn out being extremely beneficial for Mahomes. With an excellent top 10 offensive line & absolutely LOADED Offense filled up with WRs with Elite speed & the best RB in the NFL, Mahomes will be set for success by the time he takes over the reigns of the offense.