Patrick Mahomes gets NFL reality check during Chiefs rookie minicamp

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs traded up to the No. 10 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft to secure Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes as their starter of the future. They paid a heavy price to do so.

To jump 17 spots, the Chiefs sent the Buffalo Bills their 2018 first-round pick.

Coach Andy Reid got his first glimpse at Mahomes this weekend during Kansas City’s rookie minicamp and the returns were mixed.  According to ESPN’s Adam Teicher, Mahomes was off target on a lot of throws in what was certainly a mix of jitters and playbook assimilation.

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Speaking of the playbook, Mahomes acknowledged it was tougher to digest than he thought it would be.

“It’s a lot more than I had at Texas Tech. Whenever I got up there and called it, then I had to look out there and see the guys and make sure everybody was in the right position. That was pretty much the process, and it was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be,” he said.

Mahomes wowed NFL scouts with his tantalizing arm strength, but his film revealed questions about his decision making and footwork.  Both problem areas, if not corrected by Reid, will haunt him throughout his NFL career.

First things first, he has to prove he can grasp an NFL system.  Fortunately for Mahomes, he has the benefit of time behind veteran starter Alex Smith.

“Alex is the starting quarterback, so I have time to really work on my game and become ready and be available whenever coach Reid needs me.”