With pick number 10 of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs traded up to select, not Deshaun Watson, but Patrick Mahomes. With a former number one pick already manning the Chiefs quarterback position, aka Alex Smith, most Chiefs fans were wondering why select a quarterback? Well, that pick just might have the Kansas City Chiefs dominating the NFL for the next decade. Patrick Mahomes had an historical 2018 season. After sitting and learning for the 2017 NFL Season, Mahomes came in cool, calm and collected. In 2018, he threw for 5097 yards, 50 touchdowns, and only 12 interceptions. Not only did he put up gaudy numbers, but he was one of the most clutch quarterbacks in the league, looking like a seasoned veteran inside a 23 year old body. He carried the Chiefs to a 12-4 record and a first round bye heading into the playoffs
We go inside the numbers and it shows just how special his season was. He threw the most touchdowns in the NFL (50), finished second in the league in passing yardage (5097), all while averaging 36 attempts per game (#7 in the league). There was no denying how special Mahomes arm was coming out of college. He has one of the strongest arms in the NFL and that was on full display in 2018 as he was ranked first in deep ball attempts, third in pass attempt distance, and fourth in air yards with 2503. Mahomes was also an excellent rusher when called upon, as he rushed for 272 yards and 2 touchdowns. Now those are just raw numbers and it shows how electric he was during the season. If we look into the more “fun” metrics, Mahomes was easily the best quarterback in the league all while being very efficient with his throws. He ranked second in “money throws” with 45, these are throws that require exceptional skills and athleticism. He ranked first in productions premium, which measures the players productivity in league wide situations. Lastly, he was second in true passer rating (113.3) and finished as the second overall ranked quarterback according the PFF by earning a grade of 93.2.
The mind boggling thing is that people forget this kid is basically playing his first full season as a starting quarterback in the NFL. All of 2017 was spent holding a clipboard on the sidelines. Accomplishing so much in only 17 games comes with some broken records. He holds the record for fastest time to complete 4,000 passing yards and 41 touchdowns by a quarterback. With an amazing season under his belt, and leading to the Chiefs to the number 1 seed going into the playoffs, Mahomes was without a doubt, the clear, cut MVP. He enjoyed a truly special season and NFL fans everywhere cannot wait to see what his young career can turn into.