Will the Texans reach for a quarterback?
Pro Football Focus have released their latest 2017 NFL mock draft and they have an interesting pick for the Houston Texans.
PFF have the Texans using the 25th overall pick on Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
"The more our analysts watch Mahomes, the more they like what the Texas Tech product may be able to do at the next level. So much of his game is off-the-cuff, but it’s that feel for the passing game and finding open receivers that makes Mahomes intriguing for the next level. He has a strong arm capable of driving the ball down the field or making throws on the run, though he certainly has to do a better job of taking care of the football. Mahomes ranked second in the nation in both big-time throws and turnover-worthy throws, highlighting that boom-or-bust potential, but with so many questions about the future of the quarterback position in Houston, he’s worth the risk at the back end of the first round."
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I’m not opposed at all to the Texans using their first round pick on a quarterback, but I feel like Mahomes might be a bit of a reach.
Mahomes is not even a top 50 prospect on Daniel Jeremiah’s big board. He’s Mike Mayock’s fourth ranked quarterback right now.
NFL.com’s profile compares Mahomes to Jay Cutler.
"SOURCES TELL US“He’s got a great arm, big balls and he’s mobile. He is going to drive his head coach crazy for the first couple of years and there is no getting around that. If it clicks for him and he’s coachable, I think he could become a special quarterback.” – NFC executiveNFL COMPARISONJay CutlerBOTTOM LINEMahomes is a big, confident quarterback who brings a variety of physical tools to the party, but he’s developed some bad habits and doesn’t have a very repeatable process as a passer. Mahomes’ ability to improvise and extend plays can lead to big plays for his offense, but he will have to prove he can operate with better anticipation and be willing to take what the defense gives him in order to win from the pocket. Mahomes will be a work in progress, but he’s a high ceiling, low floor prospect."
It sounds like Mahomes will certainly not be ready to start right away. I would rather see the Texans use their first round pick on an offensive lineman, rather than a player that’s more of a project and will have to at least sit out for one season.