Both are great trout You were hooked during a hunting trip – or your high school sweetheart who went to college and fell in love with a guy named Thad – most of us have a story about the one who ran away.
And you let it slip away.
So you are forced to live your life with deep pain in your gut. There is no consolation prize. Instead, there is only an unrelenting longing for what could It has been.
This is how I imagine every NFL GM who didn’t draft Patrick Mahomes in 2017 feels every morning when they get out of bed and look in the mirror.
Luckily Kansas City Chiefs Fans, you don’t have to worry about any of this. We forged the love of our lives.
In 2018, the late great Therese Baylor wrote about the presidents’ covert operations (and Mahomes’ courtship) during the months leading up to enlistment.
Cabot and Steinberg were careful never to reveal the Chiefs’ keen interest in the Mahomes, lest they spoil their player’s chance of landing in what they considered an ideal situation, with Reed’s quarterback mentor, stable ownership in the Hunt family and a large number of offensive skill players.
“They seemed to be too laser-focused on Patrick,” Steinberg said. “We were more than happy to encourage their interest, we kept their confidence and we didn’t say a word in public because had we said anything, it would have put them in a dangerous position to make a deal. If the other teams knew they really wanted Patrick, it would make the trade difficult.”
So Cabot and Steinberg kept their secret…”
But enough about our happiness. Let’s salt — and laugh at some of the teams that missed drafting the best player in the world.
1. If Seahawks He wanted to let Pat cook
Here’s an interesting nugget that’s popped up lately ESPN article by Brady Henderson. Apparently – while Russell Wilson was still in the barn – Seattle Seahawks GM John Schneider was unfaithful to his close quarters when he raised a lot of eyes at Mahomes during his professional day.
in spring In 2017, Seahawks General Manager John Schneider was a high-profile attendee at Patrick Mahomes’ Pro Day. GM became very fascinated with Texas Tech Quarterback that Seattle He was going to take it Several team sources said he was available late in the first round. The massive bet on the unproven quarterback could have carried an obvious benefit: flexibility in building the roster around a cheap novice contract as Seattle did during Wilson’s first three seasons when the Seahawks won one. Energy And almost a second.
If the Seahawks had landed at Mahomes, it’s safe to say they would have moved on from DangerRuss sooner rather than later, and avoided the next doom that would be their 2022 season. Sorry… Not Sorry, Seahawks fans. Enjoy rainy days with Geno Smith as your quarterback.
2. The chief cardinals deceived
Bruce Arianes revealed earlier this month that he put his wandering eye on Tyler’s Texas pride when he was head coach of the team Arizona Cardinals.
But Brett Fitch and General Motors John Dorsey were playing chess for the bosses while other personnel departments were sitting around with a stick in their hands. You don’t just wait for the greatest midfielder of all time to fall upon you.
Appear in pardon my opinion Wednesday, Arrian said the Cardinals were targeting Patrick Mahomes in the 2017 NFL Draft And he thought he’d fall for them – until the chiefs surprised them and took the quarterback.
“When that recruiting was going down, I was like, ‘It’s ours.’ It’s either him or Deshaun. But Pat, he was there – Kansas City doesn’t need a quarterback. They took him and I said, ‘What?’ They had Alex Smith… he went. just to a Pro Bowl. We loved him”
For the coach famous for saying, “No risk, no biscuit,” Mahomes seems to have been the archetypal quarterback. It’s all about James Winston Wishes It was. So now – instead of glory years – Cardinal fans are stuck with a man who needs a bribe to study the playbook.
3. Mahomes was getting close to G-Man
Sitting at number 23 in 2017 NFL ProjectThe New York Giants They were looking for an heir Eli Manning Dynasty. Apart from looking like a 14-year-old dressed up as the 1999 version of himself on Halloween, Ben McAdoo was also reckless in love with Mahomes.
for every ESPN New York Anita Marksthe Giants tried to trade for Mahomes because coach Ben McAdoo “loves him” and was “so upset” that they couldn’t land him.
The Giants had a 23rd pick in the first round and ended up choosing Evan Ingram in tight Mississippi to boost their passing play.
Weft! Can you imagine thinking that you would craft Mahomes – but instead end up with Evan Engram? talk about existence cats! That’s like thinking you’re going on a date with brother Hemsworth – and instead, you get me. (At least I don’t dress like a 14-year-old boy for Halloween.)
To make matters worse, the future quarterback they finally drafted to replace Manning was Daniel Jones. That’s not the name of a quarterback! Daniel Jones is a mid-level manager in a nondescript corporate office somewhere in Ohio.
4. Mahomes approx laissez le bon temps rouler in Big Easy
Like his brother from another mother Ben Makado, former New Orleans Saints Head coach Sean Peyton was eager to recruit Mahomes to take charge of the old quarterback. The Saints have been out for three consecutive seasons 7-9 and They were looking forward to making a move That would put the franchise back on the right track.
The Mahomes were the Saints’ expected target on the first night of the draft in 2017 – in part because they never envisioned a scenario where Ohio State back corner Marshawn Lattimore You will drop them at number 11.
If Latimore had taken tenth place, the Saints would have pounced on Mahomes. Had they both been available, a great last-minute discussion could have been held in the war room.
“[Chiefs coach] dew [Reid] Saints coach Sean Payton said.
Like almost any other team on this list, the Saints continued to ride the aging quarterback soon after – until the wheels fell and Drew Breess they gave it upHe left a fire for his successor in an attempt to put it out.
5. It was almost a Big Bat in Pittsburgh
Of all the teams on this list, the Pittsburgh Steelers They are the people I hate seeing the least – mostly because of my great respect for coach Mike Tomlin.
I mean, just look at how cool it is! It is basically against Ben McAdoo.
When asked about Mahomes in 2018Tomlin practically poured on our boy.
“He’s a sharp guy,” Tomlin said of Mahomes on Tuesday. “He interviewed him through the recruitment process when he got out. He has a truly unique arm talent. He can do any throw on the field. He can throw from several positions. He can throw still, he can throw while in motion. He has an amazing physical talent. He’s a sharp kid, he is. He has matured beyond his years. As I talk to him, I think it’s reflected in the amount of things they were able to do last week in the first week. Changes in people, mysterious objects, designed midfield, and instrument operation. He managed everything and managed everything very well and managed it all in a road gaming environment.”
One has to wonder: If the Steelers landed at Mahomes, would JoJo Smith-Schuster leave to play for Kansas City? If so, I doubt the Steelers would have drafted George Pickens this year. But spoil me for a moment: just imagine that an attack with Mahomes, Smith Shuster, Deontay Johnson, Pickens and Chase Claypool would look like that.
would approx Be as good as the bosses now.
In retrospect, it’s easy for program directors to say, “Oh, yeah. Mahomes was our guy the whole time.” After the fact, there is no risk in saying that you would have chosen a Hall of Fame player in the future.
But the only place Mahomes would have landed was Kansas City. I believe 100% that if the bosses needed to trade up to their first overall pick to land it, they would.
why? Because he went to draft night, Dorsey had a sticky note in his pocket.