With the NFL offseason kicking off, the first major event is the Scouting Combine. 300 college prospects have received invitations to showcase their skills for scouts. One of the players invited was of course Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes.
In preparation for the combine, which will be held in a few weeks, NFL Draft analyst Mike Mayock just released his first position-by-position rankings for this year's draft. It lists the top 5 prospects at each position. For quarterbacks, Mayock has listed DeShone Kizer of Notre Dame at #1, Deshaun Watson of Clemson at #2, Mitch Trubisky of North Carolina at #3, Mahomes at #4, and Davis Webb at #5.
If you would like to see Mayock's full prospect rankings, check it out HERE.
Mahomes at four on this list makes sense right now based on where he is projected to go in this year's draft. Teams looking for a franchise quarterback like the Browns and the Jets will be looking to take Watson, who's fresh off of winning a national championship, or Tribisky who has been regarded as one of the top QB prospects since last year's college football season started. Kizer being ranked first makes me scratch my head a little bit based on how he was benched at times during Notre Dame's 4-8 season. I could see Webb going shortly after Mahomes in the second, maybe even third round.
Mahomes is the only Red Raider who received an invitation to this year's scouting combine. Being regarded as one of the top QB prospects in this year's class by Mike Mayock has to give him confidence as he prepares for the combine. Mayock pointed out when revealing this first list he believes this year's QB draft class is weaker than last year's. This bodes well for Mahomes as he will most likely be one of the first quarterbacks selected.
The 2017 NFL Scouting Combine will be held February 28th through March 6th and will be broadcast live on NFL Network. Good luck Mahomes!