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2017 NFL draft grades for Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes are all over the place

What are the Kansas City Chiefs draft grades after round one? They’re all over the place. Most Chiefs fans approve of the move and like it. That’s because they’ve been waiting for a first round quarterback since 1983. That flavors your perception a little.

Others say the Chiefs gave up too much for Patrick Mahomes. The thing with that argument is it depends on whether he’s a good player. If he’s good, no one remembers how much they gave up for him. If he’s bad, you call him a bust and regret the move. But no one ever says, “He’s a good player but they gave up too much for him in the draft.” That’s not happening.

If Mahomes is good, this is a steal. If he’s not, it’s not.

Onto the draft grades...

SB Nation: A-

The Chiefs have painfully avoided drafting quarterbacks forever and — surprise, surprise — they haven’t had strong quarterback play. Mahomes will have time to develop behind Alex Smith in 2017 and likely start in 2018, and a third-round pick plus a first-rounder in 2018 really isn’t much to secure him. Chiefs fans should be happy.

ESPN (no grade)

Biggest question: The Chiefs relinquished their first-round pick next year and a third-rounder this year to move up to get Mahomes. That’s not a huge cost if Mahomes develops into a productive player, but it is if he’s a bust. Can the Chiefs get a return on this investment? Mahomes played in a spread offense at Texas Tech, and quarterbacks coming from the spread don’t have a good track record in developing into productive pro players.

NFL.com: B+

Patrick Mahomes has all of the tools to be a great quarterback. Chiefs GM John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid saw Brett Favre in Green Bay, and they have to see some of that gunslinger attitude in Mahomes. There is a risk factor here given his penchant for throwing the ball anywhere and from any arm angle (which will turn into interceptions in the NFL), and they have up a future first-round pick to get him. But if anyone can get Mahomes to adjust and succeed, it's Reid.

CBS Sports: B+

I like the player, who I think is the best QB in this draft, but they gave up a bunch. He better be.

Bleacher Report: C

My issue is that the Chiefs have been in playoff also-ran mode for years. They could have traded up and upgraded their defense to get over the top in 2017. Reid's Eagles tended to get stuck in 10- 11-win ruts. They could swap out quarterbacks and remain in the same rut, because they still have too many needs in other areas.

USA Today: C-

Calling Mahomes a project is a major understatement. He’s nowhere near ready to play in the NFL. And, honestly, he may never be. Between his inconsistent accuracy due to poor mechanics, his tendency to bail from clean pockets and his lack of field vision, he’s going to leave as many big plays on the field as he creates. This was a risky pick.

SB Nation: D

The Chiefs gave up pick Nos. 27, 91 and a 2018 first-round pick to take a backup quarterback. At least for a season, that’s what this pick is in reality. While this move helps Kansas City in the future, what does it do immediately in 2017 and 2018? It doesn’t give them a top cornerback opposite Marcus Peters. It doesn’t give them a linebacker they need. It gives them a developmental player. Look, I like Mahomes as a person and prospect. I just don’t like the value at all. Of course, I’ll look like an idiot if the Brett Favre comparisons come true.