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Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City Chiefs Draft Pick

The Kansas City Chiefs made a surprising move in the 2017 NFL Draft, trading up to select Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Alex Smith currently projects to start week one for the Chiefs, which is fantastic news for Mahomes. Mahomes has arguably the most upside of any quarterback from this year’s draft. However, just like every other prospect at his position, he needs time to develop the necessary skills to adjust to a pro-style offense. Coming from an Air-Raid system at Texas Tech, Mahomes’ numbers were astounding. The QB threw for over 5,000 yards and 41 touchdowns in his final season. When watching the tape, the first thing you see is his arm strength.

Mahomes easily has the strongest arm in the draft, which allows him to throw from insane angles under pressure. Those incredible throws are complemented by his fantastic touch on passes down field. Mahomes touch allows him to put a pass directly in a receivers pocket while throwing into tight windows. Add in his ability to make plays outside the pocket and you can easily see a smaller version of Ben Roethlisberger. Mahomes is not without faults as issues with decision making as well as technique pop out when watching game film. Mahomes has a tendency to overestimate his arm strength which leads to poor mechanics and footwork. However, he will have time to correct these tendencies in Kansas City as he waits for his chance behind Smith. The time spent under quarterback guru and head coach Andy Reid will also be incredibly valuable to the young man’s development.

Malik Hooker, Safety, Indianapolis Colts Draft Pick

The Indianapolis Colts lacked a true identity on the defensive side of the ball in 2016. However, they may have obtained one piece of the puzzle in, former Ohio State, safety Malik Hooker. Hooker’s range from sideline to sideline is his biggest strength. Although, the thing that makes Hooker special is what happens when he gets to the ball. Hooker is the definition of a ball hawking safety. He is a natural born play maker and when he intercepts a pass he is looking to bring it back for a touchdown. That play making is needed on a Colts defense that ranked 26th in total takeaways.

Hooker does not suffer from the “all-or-nothing” mentality that many of the play makers on the back end have. He understands when to wrap up and make a good tackle in space as opposed to trying for the big hit or strip tackle. The Colts already have former fourth round pick, safety Clayton Geathers who ranked 29th out of 90 qualified players at his position according to Pro Football Focus. Pairing these two in the back end of the defense is a perfect scenario for this Colts squad.

Tre’Davious White, DB, Buffalo Bills Draft Pick

When Stephone Gilmore left the Buffalo Bills for the division rival New England Patriots, a hole was created on the defense. Although Gilmore had a disappointing season, he was still the best cornerback on the team last year. Bills fans can breathe a little bit easier as they could not have found a better replacement in Tre’Davious White. White was arguably the best cover corner on a very talented LSU defense that included fellow first round pick Jamal Adams. The coaching staff asked White to cover on an island for most of the season and he rose to the task.

White is surprisingly good at the line of scrimmage, given his slight frame. He does a good job getting his hands on receivers and throwing them off their routes. Against speed receivers, he is patient enough to react to a quick release and stick with the receiver down field. White has an incredible feel for the game. He always keeps his eyes on the quarterback, locates the ball and makes a play. This play making ability will bode well for a Bills squad that has not won a playoff game this century.