He reminds me of: I see a lot of similarities to Patrick Mahomes when he was coming out of Texas Tech. Both guys have big arms and move around really well. They can extend plays with their athleticism and fit balls into tiny windows. However, like Mahomes, Lock needs to be more judicious with the football and cut down on the mistakes that are a result of overaggressiveness.
Look, the Chiefs have a chance to be good. Like, really good. They were fourth in the league in offense last year, then added Sammy Watkins, and essentially add Chris Conley. There is reason to believe Tyreek Hill can be even better, and reason to believe Travis Kelce is still in his prime.
Patrick Mahomes will almost certainly make more mistakes than Alex Smith last year, but he'll probably also make more spectacular plays, and whatever comes out in the wash could be the most exciting Chiefs offense since 2003.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: Sammy Watkins, WR, fifth NFL season.
Watkins only has one 1,000-yard season on his resume, but he has averaged 15.9 yards per catch in his career, the third-best mark in the NFL from 2014 to '17 among those with 150-plus catches. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes' strong arm will mesh well with Watkins' long-ball skills. It's true that he could be overshadowed on an offense that also includes Tyreek Hill, Kareem Hunt and Travis Kelce -- but I think Mahomes will turn to Watkins enough to give him a chance to shine.
Sammy Watkins, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins is one of the elder statesmen of this list, about to enter his fifth NFL season.
It also might seem odd to include a player here who was just handed $30 million in guaranteed money on a contract that averages $16 million a season.
Dieter's best friend on the Chiefs is Pat Mahomes. A rookie QB last year, the team recently handed the reigns over to Mahomes. Now, he's the guy running the offense, and the fact that Dieter has a great rapport with him both on and off the field could enhance his chances of making the team.
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Will Smith be an upgrade at QB? The 34-year-old has led his team to the playoffs four of the past five seasons and is coming off the best season of his career, but he also comes to a team without the same supporting cast that he had with Andy Reid, Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill and co.
Smith’s career has had so many ups and downs that it might be reasonable to question whether there is any real value to a career-fantasy-finish average, but the truth is that he had never finished higher than 13th prior to 2017, and only once finished higher than 16th. Smith’s virtues as a real-world quarterback are perfectly fair to debate, but for fantasy he had never before been much beyond a bye-week fill-in. Yes, a trio of Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, and Kareem Hunt can do a lot toward making a quarterback look more productive, but (a) so can a simple fluky good year, and (b) Smith doesn’t even have those guys in 2018, as he heads to Washington, where the upside of Derrius Guice/Chris Thompson, Jamison Crowder, and Jordan Reed might be a poor man’s version of the Chiefs group, but odds are they are a good bit worse.
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“Pat’s going to have a great career,” Nagy added. “He’s a special quarterback with a lot of talent. Everyone talks about his arm talent and how special his arm talent is and I was able to witness that for last year, and you obviously got to see what he did in that Denver game, and we knew that going into it last year with the draft. What a lot of people haven’t been able to really see yet in Kansas City is how well he handles his teammates when he’s in the locker room and how he is and how he handles himself around these other veterans on the practice field. Those are traits you look for in a quarterback ... I think the biggest thing—the hype can get so big for a kid—he’s still young, and there’s going to be some adversity. There’s going to be some ups and downs, and as long as everybody stays patient and realizes that, he has a very bright future.”
Like the great Ric Flair, Mahomes will now be a stylin’ and profilin’, jet flyin’ son of a gun.