What it took for the Chiefs to land Patrick Mahomes – The Athletic

By Jayson Jenks, Dan Pompei, Mike Sando and Nate Taylor

Six weeks before the 2017 NFL Draft, in the middle of another Kansas City winter, the ranking members of the Chiefs’ brain trust dialed into a conference call. Clark Hunt, the team’s owner, was on the phone. So were the franchise’s three most influential front-office voices: head coach Andy Reid, general manager John Dorsey and co-director of player personnel Brett Veach.

What they discussed that day was so dramatic in its potential to elevate or sink the franchise that some in the organization, once they learned of the plan, reacted to the idea with just two words: “Holy shit.” The Chiefs, everyone on the call understood, would attempt to trade up in the first round to take Patrick Mahomes, quarterback from Texas Tech.

Mahomes had first appeared on the Chiefs’ radar in 2014, when Veach told Reid that Mahomes was the greatest player he’d ever seen — even…

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