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Mock Draft Roundup 3.0: A QB Enters the Mix for Chiefs at No. 27

Posted Feb 10, 2017

Rounding up 20 of the latest mock drafts, plus an interview with Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes II

Every time we post one of these mock draft roundups, there’s always going to be a disclaimer that basically states that it’s way too early for a mock draft—considering we haven’t even reached free agency yet.

These roundups will change pretty drastically over the next few months as teams sign and release players once free agency begins on March 9.

That said, it’s still fun to start getting to know some of the names that will be thrown around by the time the actual 2017 NFL Draft is upon us, which will be April 27-29 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Chiefs hold the No. 27 overall pick in the first round, and it’s been a spot that’s had some pretty good players selected over the years.

According to the latest selections from 20 different mock drafts around the internet, the most popular choices for the Chiefs right now are inside linebacker and cornerback, with both positions being selected four times.

Individually, there are three players who were mocked to the Chiefs multiple times, and they include Florida State running back Dalvin Cook, Vanderbilt inside linebacker Zach Cunningham and Washington safety Budda Baker.

And for the first time since we started these roundups three weeks ago, there’s a quarterback linked to the Chiefs at No. 27, although it’s not former Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes II, but there is a transcript below of our interview with him down in Houston last week.

Here’s a look at all of the latest picks:

2017 Mock Draft Roundup 3.0 - Who's the Pick at No. 27?

Analyst

Company

Player

POS

School

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Chad Reuter

NFL.com

Teez Tabor

CB

Florida

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Nick Klopsis

Newsday

Quincy Wilson

CB

Florida

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Steve Palazzolo

Pro Football Focus

Jourdan Lewis

CB

Michigan

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Todd McShay

ESPN

Tre'Davious White

CB

LSU

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None given

DraftSite

DeMarcus Walker

Edge

Florida State

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Walter Cherepinsky

Walter Football

Charles Harris

Edge

Missouri

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Rob Rang

CBS Sports

Haason Reddick

Edge

Temple

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Dane Brugler

CBS Sports

Zach Cunningham

ILB

Vanderbilt

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Chris Burke

Sports Illustrated

Zach Cunningham

ILB

Vanderbilt

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Dan Kadar

Mocking the Draft

Jarrad Davis

ILB

Florida

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Josh Norris

Rotoworld/NBC

Raekwon McMillan

ILB

Ohio State

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Dieter Kurtenbach

Fox Sports

Garett Bolles

OL

Utah

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Bucky Brooks

NFL.com

Deshaun Watson

QB

Clemson

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Lance Zierlein

NFL.com

Dalvin Cook

RB

Florida State

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None given

DraftTek

Dalvin Cook

RB

Florida State

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Daniel Jeremiah

NFL.com

Budda Baker

S

Washington

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Nate Davis

USA Today

Budda Baker

S

Washington

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Matt Miller

Bleacher Report

Jabril Peppers

S

Michigan

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Mel Kiper

ESPN

Corey Davis

WR

Western Michigan

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Kris Knox

Bleacher Report

John Ross

WR

Washington

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Mahomes has been selected in the first round in many of these mock drafts, and he took some time to talk with us last week in Houston as he made his way through radio row.

For a little background, Mahomes (6’3”, 230 pounds) led the nation in passing last year in the “Air Raid” passing attack that Tech has been known for over the past decade. He completed 65.7 percent of his passes for 5,052 yards with 41 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Here’s a transcript of our interview with Mahomes:

On how he would describe himself as a player: The first thing would be toughness. I’m a really tough player and I’m going to fight for everything no matter what the score is. If we’re up or we’re down, I’m going to go out there and fight. I’m also a guy that can spread the ball around. I’m going to put it in people’s hands and let the playmakers make the plays – that’s my job as a quarterback.

On who he is: My dad was a professional baseball player, so I’ve always been around professional sports. I played all the sports growing up and when I got to college, I played both baseball and football. I gave up baseball and now I’m all in on football. I’m excited for what the future holds. 

On what he learned from his dad as a professional athlete as he makes this transition: Definitely work ethic. Just seeing my dad and my godfather, LaTroy Hawkins, guys that had success in Major League Baseball, you see how hard they work and how they really grind to be where they are. That was the biggest thing that I picked up when I was a young kid. 

On how hard it was to give up baseball: [My dad] has always put everything in my hands and let me make every decision, so he was really accepting of it. It was hard, just growing up around baseball and with it really being my first love, it was hard to give up. But I was so invested in football and I really wanted to see where it took me.

On how he can show coaches that he can transition to a pro-style offense: It’ll definitely just be my knowledge of the game. I’ll tell them how much film I’ve watched and show our offense in a different light. We took a lot of things from NFL teams and put them into our concepts. We game planned every week just like an NFL team does. I think (Texas Tech) coach [Kliff] Kingsbury has kind of taken it to the next level with him playing in the NFL. That’ll be the biggest thing that I try to show NFL teams.

On what it was like playing for Kingsbury: It was awesome. He really took my game to the next level. I give all my credit to him. I was a guy that was really raw and he really transformed my game. He was on me about doing things the right way and he let me freelance here a little bit here and there, but if I got too wild, he would settle me back in.

On the biggest thing he needs to improve as he goes to the next level: Definitely being more consistent in the pocket and with my footwork. That will be the biggest thing. The linemen need to know where I’m at every single time and I need to be on time with all my throws. Those windows in the NFL are really small and I need to be on time with the ball and ready to throw. 

On where he’s doing all his offseason work: I’m out in EXOS in Carlsbad, Calif., right outside San Diego. Mike Shepard is my quarterback coach; he coached in the NFL a long time. We’ve really worked on me getting my NFL knowledge up as much as I can, drilling my footwork, working on keeping the ball up high and having a quicker release.

On where he expects to go in the draft: I try not to think about it a lot. My dream is to go in the first round, but for me it’s not necessarily about getting picked at the highest point, it’s about getting picked by the right team. Wherever that point is, if I’m in the right system with the right coaches, I feel like I can really excel and have a great career.

On if he sees value in going to a place with an established starter: There’s definitely a value either way. You always want to be a guy that goes out there and plays day one, but having a guy in front of me that I can really strive to be like and strive to compete with will definitely help me out in my career. Either way, I see value both ways. 

On comparisons by Kingsbury to Aaron Rodgers and if he sees the similarities: Aaron Rodgers is definitely one of the guys I really model my game after. I watch a lot of film on him and how he does things. He has a lot of talent that not a lot of people have, so it’s hard to do a lot of the things he does, but I really model my game after him and Drew Brees. I like how consistent he is with his footwork and all that. Then I love Brett Favre, I’ve always been a Brett Favre fan.

On what he knows about the Chiefs: I know it’s a great organization. They’ve really developed talent – especially quarterbacks. Andy Reid – with Donovan McNabb and now Alex Smith – he really develops quarterbacks well.

On if he becomes a Chief, what does he want Chiefs Kingdom to know about him: I want them to know that I’m going to work hard on day one. I’m going to work as if I was the starter on day one. I know Alex is there and he’s a great quarterback with a great future ahead of him, but I’m going to work hard and be ready for my chance.

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