Patrick Mahomes Named Bleacher Report’s NFL Combine Breakout Player
The nation is starting to pay attention to Patrick Mahomes and his massive potential.
His record at Texas Tech will slowly fade into the distance as people start to pay attention to his arm strength, size and the rest of his measurables, and there is no better showcase of your measureables than the NFL Combine.
Patrick Mahomes will do everything but the bench press in the showcase that begins March 1st for the rest of the quarterbacks and Patrick Mahomes. You'll be able to see his on field work on March 4th.
Bleacher Report has released a top 10 list of Breakout Names that will benefit the most from the combine. Patrick Mahomes is the cover boy on the article and is also the only quarterback in the set of 10.
Bleacherreport.com frames the list as a list of players who have the greatest chance for, "Impressive performances" that, "generate buzz around potential breakout stars." The article names the Dallas Cowboys' Byron Jones and New Orleans Saints' Brandin Cooks as players who used great combine workouts and turned them into first round draft picks.
Here's what the author has to say about Patrick Mahomes,
Mahomes is a gifted athlete with prototypical size at 6'3" and 230 pounds and possesses the strongest arm in the class. Teams will also fall in love with his bloodlines since his father, Pat, was an MLB pitcher for 11 seasons.
"He definitely has the tools to be a No. 1," an NFC scout told Bucky Brooks. "He's big and athletic with big-time arm talent. I know his numbers are inflated, but he can make all of the throws. I think the kid can play. ... I like him a lot!"
Concerns regarding his understanding of NFL passing concepts since he comes from an Air Raid scheme can be quelled with the work he does in the evenings during team interviews. If those sessions go as well as his workout is expected to, Mahomes will find himself in the conversation as the top quarterback prospect.
The most important thing Patrick can do at the combine is prove to NFL GMs and coaching staffs that he isn't just another spread style quarterback that doesn't have the necessary experience reading defenses and progressions to be warranted a 1st round draft slot.
Mahomes will be impressive physically. That's not in doubt. It's the plague of a phrase attatched to him, "system quarterback" that Mahomes will have to overcome at the combine.
The good news is that he will have ample opportunity to do that when he meets with teams for one on one interviews, and if Mahomes can prove himself mentally you might see Patrick Mahomes jolting up draft boards across the NFL.