The Kansas City Chiefs didn’t have a whole lot of first-round firepower during the 2017 NFL Draft. They finished with a 12-4 record the season before behind Alex Smith as their quarterback, considered one of the better teams in the league at the time. But the team sensed something in a prospect named Patrick Mahomes from Texas Tech, and made a move to climb up the draft board.
Kansas City gave the Buffalo Bills their first round pick, the 27th overall, as well as a third-round pick and a first rounder in 2018, and moved up into the 10th spot. They made Mahomes the selection, and the rest is history, as the quarterback has entered the “greatest of all time” conversation after his first 6 seasons as a full-time starter.
NFL: Which Players Were Drafted Ahead Of Patrick Mahomes?
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But who were the players that teams ahead of the Chiefs deemed better prospects than Patrick Mahomes? Here is a look at the nine players who were selected before him, and where they are today:
1. Myles Garrett – Cleveland Browns
Any team would love to have Mahomes as their quarterback, but the Browns didn’t get too terrible of a consolation prize. They had the first overall pick in 2017 and took freak defensive line prospect Myles Garrett out of Texas A&M, who has turned in to arguably the best defensive player in the league. He has been a first or second team all-pro in each season since his second, and was the winner of the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2023.
2. Mitch Trubisky – Chicago Bears
The only quarterback drafted ahead of Mahomes. Trubisky had a solid season in 2018, leading the Bears to a 11-3 record in games that he started while qualifying for a Pro Bowl. It has been pretty much all downhill from there, as he has spent the last three seasons primarily as a backup…
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Author : Anthony R. Cardenas
Publish date : 2024-02-13 04:02:52
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