A Look into How Kansas City Chiefs Moved Up to Draft Patrick Mahomes

Published 12/20/2020, 12:46 PM EST
Nov 22, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) throws against the Las Vegas Raiders during the second half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


Patrick Mahomes is one of the best players the NFL has seen in recent years. The Kansas City Chiefs‘ quarterback is having an excellent season and is a contender to win his second career MVP, in just his 4th NFL season.

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Mahomes has completely transformed the Kansas City Chiefs and made them world-beaters. It is a stark contrast to who he was expected to be when he entered the league in 2017.

Mahomes went to the Kansas City Chiefs in 2017, as the 10th overall pick in the NFL Draft. Mahomes was a highly rated prospect when he declared for the draft. He really turned heads during his college days at Texas Tech.

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And in an effort to acquire him, the Chiefs’ front office traded their 27th and 91st overall pick (third round) and a 2018 1st round pick to the Buffalo Bills in order to get the 10th overall pick.

The Cheifs did not hesitate during the draft to pick Mahomes. They used very little of the time afforded to them during the draft night and instantly selected Mahomes as soon as they were on the clock.

As soon as Mahomes’ name was announced as the 10th pick, everyone in the Kansas City Chiefs’ camp started celebrating. It is almost as though they knew the caliber of player they just got.

Patrick Mahomes- Face of the NFL

But surely even they couldn’t have known how good Mahomes would turn out to be for them. After a decent first season with the Chiefs, Mahomes completely took over the NFL in his second season.

In the 2018 season, Mahomes was voted MVP and Offensive Player of the Year and was named to the All-Pro first team.

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Nov 29, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) celebrates with Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) and tight end Travis Kelce (87) his touchdown scored against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

While his third season was not nearly as impressive, Mahomes became the league’s best player during the Chiefs’ playoff run.

Mahomes helped the Chiefs reach the Super Bowl in 2020. In the Super Bowl against the San Francisco 49ers, he helped the Chiefs win the game. For his performance, Mahomes was named the Finals MVP.

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Mahomes is currently having another excellent season and is a solid contender to win the MVP this year. And his Chiefs look like the best team in NFL and solid contenders to win the Super Bowl yet again.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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