Bill Parcells had rules for drafting a quarterback that have had so-so success over the past few years that I’ve looked at it. These feel a little out-dated these days (Connor Cook made the list last year) but it’s still fun to apply his rules to quarterbacks in this year’s draft, which I did for Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes.
Here are the rules. Let’s check it out.
1. Be a three-year starter
Close. He has two and a half years. He started four games in the second half of his freshman season.
2. Be a senior in college
Nope. He is not a senior. He’s coming out a year early after his junior year.
3. Graduate from college
I am having trouble finding confirmation of this but he is leaving a year early.
4. Start 30 games
He started 28 games by my count - four his freshman year and 12 each his sophomore and junior years.
5. Win 23 games
He went 13-15 as a starter.
6. Post a 2-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio
Yes he did: 93 touchdowns to 29 interceptions. In his last season, that was a 4:1 ratio with 41 touchdowns to 10 interceptions.
7. Tally a completion rate of 60 percent or higher
Yes he did: 63.5 percent career passer at Texas Tech. Even better, his completion percentage increased each year topping out at 65.7 percent last season.