Patrick Mahomes’ father says his son “thought in his heart” that the Bears would draft him
The 2017 NFL Draft will live in infamy after Chicago Bears fans traded up to No. 2 overall after selecting Mitchell Trubisky and dropped Patrick Mahomes, who went on to become a superstar with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Bears fans tried to forget that day in April, but Patrick Mahomes brought it back to his third career Super Bowl return after his son’s AFC Championship win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Career.
Mahomes told 670 The Score about his last-second 23-20 win over Joe Burrow and company, but the story changed when his son’s draft came around.
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Coming out of Texas Tech, NFL evaluators fell in love with Mahomes’ arm talent and ability to extend the play, grading him as a first-round pick. It was just a question of where he was going.
Mahomes Sr. said his son “felt in his gut” the Bears would pick him.
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“They told him they were going to hire him,” he said. “We thought he was going to be the third choice and go to Chicago. He had a great date when he went there and liked all the guys working there and thought he was going to be a bear. And then when they made the trade and got Mitch, it really hurt him. It really happened. He always knew Kansas City told him they were coming. They didn’t know how far to go. But at first he thought he was going to be a Chicago Bear.”
The Chiefs then selected Patrick Mahomes 10th overall in the draft, making him the No. 2 quarterback on the roster. Deshaun Watson is selected two picks later by the Houston Texans.
From that day forward, Mahomes thrived in the red and yellow. He was the league’s MVP and Offensive Player of the Year in 2018, his first year as the Chiefs’ starting quarterback, throwing for 5,097 yards with 50 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
In 2019, Mahomes won his first Super Bowl title, and many believe he has a chance to rival Tom Brady in terms of Super Bowl success. However, Brady would beat Mahomes to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020, despite the Wizards’ best efforts to return to the game.
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Now Mahomes has another shot at his second ring, and the Bears have the first overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft after going 3-14.
However, it doesn’t look like they need a quarterback with this pick. Justin Fields, who they traded up for a 2021 draft pick, showed his ability to run and throw in his second NFL season, although the record doesn’t say so.
He needs to improve in the pocket, but Fields is dangerous on the outside, proving he can cut through defenses with his feet. Field ran for 1,143 yards with eight touchdowns while throwing for a 17-11 shutout.
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Hindsight is still 20/20, but Bears fans will once again remember what happened when Mahomes took the field at State Farm Stadium on Feb. 12 against the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LVII.
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