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Clyde Edwards-Helaire was Patrick Mahomes’ first choice

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The Chiefs quarterback texted general manager Brett Veach that he wanted the running back earlier on Thursday.

The Kansas City Chiefs selected LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire with their first-round draft pick at No. 32 on Thursday night, and it appears there was no other choice.

“We asked Pat Mahomes, ‘Who do you want?’ and he picked you,” Chiefs head coach Andy Reid told Edwards-Helaire with a smile over a video call. “How great is that? You better be ready to go.”

“Clyde, I told Clark (Hunt) and coach Reid [Thursday] that about 4 o’ clock, Clyde was going to be our pick because coach and I were thinking your way, and then when we texted Pat and I asked Pat. I said, ‘Give me a name,’ and I said, ‘Don’t think about it.’ And he said, ‘Clyde.’ And I said, ‘Well, good. Good.’ We’re excited, man.”

...and that was later confirmed: