Two-year starter who earned Second Team All-Big 12 honors in 2016 after completing 65.7 percent of his passes for 5,052 yards, 41 touchdowns and 10 interceptions and adding 285 yards and 12 touchdowns rushing. Threw for 4,653 yards and 36 touchdowns with 15 interceptions in 2015, completing 63.5 percent of his passes, rushing for 456 yards and 10 touchdowns and being named Honorable Mention All-Big 12. Started four games as a freshman, tossing 16 touchdowns against four interceptions on 185 pass attempts.
Strong-armed passer with an intriguing game. Patient in the pocket, scans the field and spreads the ball around, using all his targets. Effectively sets up screen throws, puts touch on passes when necessary and stands in the pocket, taking the big hit in order to get the ball away. Senses pressure, does not react negatively to it and possesses a quick release. Throws the ball with an over-the-top delivery, puts speed on all passes and easily drives the ball downfield. Natural looking off the safety, displays a terrific sense of knowing where his receivers are on the field as well as a sense of timing on throws. Does an outstanding job commanding and controlling the offense. Remains poised under the rush, throws a catchable ball and puts air under deep passes, letting receivers run to the ball. Throws effective corner and fade patterns. Makes good decisions in the pocket and does not force throws. Generally accurate. Easily gets outside the pocket to give himself a better view of the field and loses nothing throwing on the run. Takes the safe underneath outlet or goes to check-down receivers. Looks away from covered targets, resets himself and quickly delivers the pass.
Lacks classic pocket-passer height. Freelances too much. Occasionally releases the ball off his back foot and does not properly follow through over the top. Throws with a narrow base.
Mahomes is a confident, strong-armed passer with great upside, but he’s a prospect who must learn to play within an NFL system rather than the wide-open scheme he ran at Texas Tech. Though he offers a great amount of upside potential, his ability to adapt at the next level and play within a complex system will determine how successful he is in the NFL.