Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs: The reigning Super Bowl MVP has captivated the football world with his off-platform throws and no-look passes, but the scouting community is smitten with his rare talent as an electrifying playmaker inside and outside of the pocket. Mahomes has shown exceptional athleticism, balance, body control and arm strength whipping the ball while moving to and away from his targets. In the pocket, No. 15 shows outstanding discipline, poise and awareness when he opts to pick apart a defense with an assortment of timely rhythm throws. Although some observers have suggested that Mahomes benefits from playing with a track team on the outside featuring All-Pro-caliber playmakers (Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce), we’ve seen the Chiefs’ offense surge after he replaced Alex Smith as the team’s QB1. The creative mind of Andy Reid has certainly helped enhance No. 15’s game, but watching his work as a collegian under another NFL head coach (Kliff Kingsbury) suggests that he would thrive in any situation
1. Kansas City Chiefs
Depth chart: Patrick Mahomes, Chad Henne, Kyle Shurmur
The best young player in the game, Mahomes is only developing within an offense that is punishingly broad on opponents and can expand further as Mahomes adds more tools. Mahomes will soon be the most expensive quarterback in the NFL, but is worth every penny.
Playoffs or bust
Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens.
It’s telling that the Chiefs have yet to officially offer a long-term contract to franchise-tagged defensive tackle Chris Jones, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. General manager Brett Veach knows that he may not be able to afford Jones beyond the 2020 campaign, with Patrick Mahomes’ impending megadeal a priority, but the team is still doing everything possible to keep this year’s Chiefs as favorites to repeat.
Andy Reid will hit 2020 supported by the best offensive group of his career, an incredible combination of talent, youth and continuity. A substandard AFC West puts Kansas City in the driver’s seat for that all-important top seed in the new playoffs system, where only one team per conference gets a first-round bye.
Round 1 - Pick 32
Cesar Ruiz OL
Ruiz fortifies the interior offensive line for Kansas City. They should address the secondary and running back in the near future.
Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes: The league’s most dominant young player will inevitably become the highest-paid player in NFL history, but he’s still under contract for two more years. The Chiefs have to decide whether to give him a deal worth close to $40 million a year right now, or wait and risk owing him a lot more than that in 2021 or 2022.
4. Travis Kelce, 2013, Round 3, Pick 74
Travis Kelce is the first current Chiefs player that is on this list. Kelce was drafted in the third round of the 2013 draft, and has been a standout with the team since then.
In his short career, Kelce has already been named to five Pro bowls, two All-Pro teams, and one Super Bowl Championship. In 2018 Kelce couldn’t be slowed down by anyone, catching 103 passes for 1,336 yards and 10 touchdowns. If he stays on the Chiefs, there is no reason when he retires why he can’t move up a few spots.
It’s no surprise the defending Super Bowl champion spent good money at wide receiver — they’ve got to give Patrick Mahomes weapons, right? The Texans have added some talent in Brandin Cooks after trading DeAndre Hopkins, and maybe the Bengals will have hope if they do, indeed, draft Joe Burrow in the upcoming draft.
Cincinnati Bengals: $38 million in A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd, John Ross, Alex Erickson, Mike Thomas, Auden Tate, Stanley Morgan, Damion Willis, Moritz Boehringer, Trenton Irwin and DaMarkus Lodge.
Kansas City Chiefs: $36.7 million in Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins, Mecole Hardman, Gehrig Dieter, Byron Pringle, Felton Davis and Demarcus Robinson.
Around the NFL
Biggest upgrade (unit): Quarterback — The Colts basically had no choice but to put all of their eggs in the Jacoby Brissett basket following Andrew Luck’s shocking retirement last August. That didn’t work out, but they found a short-term upgrade by signing Philip Rivers in the offseason. Yes, Rivers isn’t coming off his best NFL season, but he was competent, ranking 11th in completion percentage and yards per attempt. The 38-year-old still has some life.
A first-ballot member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Moss spent his first seven NFL seasons in Minnesota before he was traded to Oakland prior to the start of the 2004 season. Moss caught 21 touchdowns during his two seasons with the Raiders before he was dealt to the Patriots for a fourth-round pick in 2007, a move that helped New England cap off the first undefeated 16-game regular season in NFL history. Moss caught a record 23 touchdown passes that season while helping Tom Brady become the first quarterback in league history to throw 50 touchdowns in a single season. Moss and the Patriots ultimately fell short of perfection, falling to the Giants in Super Bowl XLII.
Moss enjoyed two more productive seasons in New England before he was traded to the Titans midway through the 2010 season. After catching just six passes in eight games in Tennessee, Moss retired after the season before signing with the 49ers in 2012, catching three touchdowns that year while helping San Francisco reach the Super Bowl. He retired for good during the ensuing offseason.
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The Chiefs’ current offensive tackles are not getting any younger. Right tackle Mitchell Schwartz will be 32 at the start of the 2021 NFL season and left tackle Eric Fisher will be 30. That’s not ancient for the offensive tackle position, but Chiefs general manager Brett Veach hasn’t offered long-term contracts to players over 26 — let alone over 30. Fisher, in particular, is one to watch, as he’ll be in the last year of his contract in 2021 and can save $11.5 million against the cap.
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According to this CBS article, the league's top 5 cornerback groups all reside in the AFC.— Tom Childs (@tomchilds56) April 11, 2020
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