Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield made some noise earlier this week while talking about the 2017 NFL Draft when he said that Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, not his teammate, defensive end Myles Garrett, should have been the No. 1 overall pick.
“Talent-wise, I thought he should have been – I love Myles but…,’’ Mayfield said, per Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. “Coming from the Texas Tech system, there are always your skeptics, people doubting the fact that all he did was sit back there and throw the ball. He threw it 88 times in our game (a 66-59 Oklahoma victory over Texas Tech), but when it comes down to it, throwing the ball is throwing the ball, and he’s really good at it.”
Plenty of individuals—from fans to NFL decision-makers to this panel of NFL.com talking heads who voted Mahomes the midseason MVP—would agree with Mayfield.
With 26 touchdowns and six interceptions in his first year as a starter, Mahomes should have at least gone higher than No. 10, where the Chiefs traded to in order to select him.
Mahomes was asked about Mayfield’s comment and whether or not he was “glad” he didn’t have to deal with all the pressures of being the No. 1 pick on Wednesday.
“I don’t want to say I’m glad,” Mahomes said. “I mean, I’m glad I’m here. For sure. You want to be the number one draft pick. You want to be that guy. I think they got a good guy in Myles Garrett. He’s pretty talented I would say from watching film. It’s awesome for him to say that, but I know now that we are both happy with the situations we’re in.”
Garrett, in his “situation,” is tied for second in the league with 8.0 sacks this year. He also has 25 tackles (20 solo) and 15 quarterback hits.
“Myles is just so big for how fast he is,” Mahomes said. “He is physically just a big dude and at the same time he has the speed to kind of get that bend.”
In Kansas City, Mahomes is thriving under head coach Andy Reid, who is widely known as a quarterback guru, but that isn’t the only reason he says he likes it here.
“Definitely coach Reid, and then just the community,” Mahomes added. “It just felt like home to me. That was the biggest thing, I knew I was going to get challenged, I knew that coach Reid was going to get the best out of me.
“I knew that just from being here in the short amount of time on my visits and things like that, that I loved the community and it felt like home.”
And whether it be at pick No. 1 or pick No. 10, that’s about all you can ask for.