Could Patrick Mahomes II Fit The Chicago Bears?

Could Patrick Mahomes II Fit The Chicago Bears?

Patrick Mahomes II is gaining intense attention from football teams anxious to add a talented young quarterback to their roster. Clearly a developmental quarterback, Mahomes has physical skills and a tough mental make-up that could translate well to pro football. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport recently revealed that some scouts regard Mahomes as the best quarterback in this year’s class.

The 21-year old comes from Texas Tech’s spread offense where he put up head-spinning stats. Mahomes led the FBS in passing yards (5,052) and total touchdowns (53). The numbers are all the more remarkable when you see Mahomes’ mechanics. The quarterback often throws with terrible footwork and it’s an area of concern for many scouts.

Bears Barroom Senior Analyst Jose Cotto thinks Mahomes is a quarterback in need of a makeover.

Patrick Mahomes

Delivery can get long due to wildly inconsistent mechanics. No denying he has a cannon and makes throws that very few humans are capable of making. Can put a ball on a dime from 50 yards out or have terrible placement from 10 yards out. He is easily one of the most difficult evaluations I have ever had. He drops your jaw a few times a game but can be frustrating other times. His backyard – Johnny Manziel – playing style along with a big frame can be disastrous at the next level OR IT CAN WORK, think Ben Roethlisberger which is what I see his ceiling as. His floor however is very low. He may not translate simply because there is too much to reinvent. Not only are you re-programming his mechanics, you are teaching him NFL offensive concepts.

 

Many Air Raid quarterbacks have come and gone without making an NFL impact in the last two decades but not many have this kid’s special arm talent. I believe he’s drafted in the 1st round. How far he goes will hinge on his work ethic and going to the right situation. I do not view the Bears as a fit because there is not an established bridge quarterback in place or the benefit of time because Chicago’s coaching staff in not on solid ground.

Here’s an example of the arm talent Cotto references:

Athletically, Mahomes reminds some of former Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker: gifted arm strength and athleticism. Incidentally, Locker was coached at Tennessee by current Bears offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains – first as his quarterbacks coach (2011-12) and then as offensive coordinator (2012-13). It may not be unreasonable to speculate that Loggains could aid Mahomes’ development given his experience with a quarterback of similar athletic skills.

In our latest Bears Barroom Radio podcast, Staff.com writer Jordan Zirm shared his recent experiences with Mahomes. Zirm says Mahomes is well aware of his footwork issues and is focused on correcting them. On his twitter account, Zirm posted video of Mahomes practicing his dropbacks.

Mahomes also impressed at the whiteboard

Mahomes’ father was a major league baseball player and, like father-like son, himself played baseball at a high-level in high school and college. He quit baseball after his sophomore season to focus on football. It was in his freshman year that he stepped in as a replacement for injured starter Davis Webb. In his sophomore year he was named the starter over Webb forcing him to transfer to Cal. In 2015, Mahomes earned an honorable mention All-Big 12 for the second straight year.

Patrick Mahomes

Mahomes’ father, pitched in the major leagues over six seasons including a stint with the Chicago Cubs in 2002.

Last season he was awarded the Sammy Baugh Trophy awarded annually to the nation’s top college passer and was second-team all-conference pick. His outstanding athleticism helped him run for 845 yards and 22 touchdowns in his three collegiate years.

We’re keeping a close eye on Mahomes and will have more on him in the coming weeks. And make sure you listen to our podcast with Jordan Zirm where he shares his first-hand observations of Mahomes and Solomon Thomas and Jabrill Peppers. Click here.

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Bears Barroom Radio – Patrick Mahomes, Solomon Thomas & Jabrill Peppers

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