One of the reasons the Kansas City Chiefs felt comfortable trading up 17 spots to draft a quarterback with a raw skill set at No. 10 overall is because they have one of the best QB gurus in the game in head coach Andy Reid.
On Saturday, Reid and the rest of the Chiefs organization got the first chance to see Pat Mahomes on the field as the team’s rookies had their first minicamp practice.
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Reid talked about the quarterback the Chiefs hope will eventually replace Alex Smith before Mahomes took the field for the first time and said the rookie’s learning curve will be mental more than physical.
“We know he can throw the football,” Reid told the Kansas City Star. “It’s a matter of getting in, getting the verbiage down and the formations, making sure he’s comfortable with that. It’s a good period to learn. There will be a lot of that going on.
“There’s no easy way. You’ve got to get in the playbook, then you have to stand in front of a mirror and call this stuff. You have no chance to repeat when you’re out here. So if you’re having to repeat in the mirror, you’re probably going to have a problem when you get out here.”
That said, Chiefs fans probably are more eager to hear how he looked throwing the ball Saturday than what plays he’s memorized, and the Star says it was a mix of nice throws – particularly on deeper passes – and questionable passes into coverage. That has been the book on Mahomes at Texas Tech – that he’ll both make great plays and risky decisions.
One thing is for certain – Reid won’t be narrowing the playbook to help him, particularly because there won’t be a rush to get him on the field as long as Smith is around.
“That’s not the way we roll. He’s got to learn. There’s only one way to learn. We’re going to give it to you … learn it.”