Right now if you’re a general manager, you want your NFL franchise to be built around Patrick Mahomes. He is, without question, the most valuable player in the entire league.
That’s simply down to the fact that no quarterback in the history of the sport could make the plethora of throws that Mahomes can, and has, on a consistent basis.
Patrick Mahomes: I hope to be in Kansas City for the rest of my career
— Blair Kerkhoff (@BlairKerkhoff) January 29, 2020
He is completely impossible to defend for long periods of time, and he can actually throw the football from one endzone to the other.
So – you’re presuming that in 2017, with the first overall pick, the Cleveland Browns selected him. Well, as you probably know – they did. In fact, eight other teams also passed on him following that oversight.
So without further ado, here are five players that are ‘better’ than Patrick Mahomes.
#2 Overall – Mitchell Trubisky
So, the Chicago Bears gave up the future of their franchise to trade up and pick ehh.. Mitch Trubisky.
Now, that move doesn’t seem so bad if you’re trading away the potential future of your franchise for someone who is most likely to become exactly that, but in this case, Trubisky wasn’t even very impressive coming out of North Carolina.
All he’s done is quell the goodwill in Chicago for the Bears again. Well, both he and their kicking situation.
#3 Overall – Solomon Thomas
The 49ers went through a phase of spending their early-round picks on defensive linemen and while it’s clearly worked out now in retrospect, Thomas has been the only one in that crew that really hasn’t worked out – especially when you compare him to Nick Bosa and DeForest Buckner.
But he’s managed to work his way out of their base packages and only briefly appears in situational formations.
That’s a hefty let-down for a third overall pick.
#5 Overall – Corey Davis
Davis made some plays this year, but probably wouldn’t breach the top 25 receivers in the NFL and is almost definitely a worse player than his fellow receiver AJ Brown, also on the Titans.
It’s not that Davis’ career has stagnated and I’m sure you can attribute at least some of it down to bad quarterback play, but taking a receiver out of *checks notes* Western Michigan with the fifth overall pick? Ouch.
#7 Overall – Mike Williams
Look, Mike Williams might actually be the first player on this list who deserved to be taken where he was, it’s just that health hasn’t been his friend.
In his first year, Williams basically sat out the entire season due a lingering back injury. He would go on to make 1,000 yards receiving this year, but that’s the first time you could say he’s living up to the price.
And – for what it’s worth – he’s played hurt again.
#9 Overall – John Ross
John Ross broke the 40-yard dash record and he’s nowhere near as quick as Tyreek Hill. How is that, you might ask?
Football speed is different to gametime speed.
Ross had all the measurables, but it’s harder to be that quick when you’re thinking about different routes, finding the soft zones in defences and cutting away from defenders’ leverage.