Patrick Mahomes unleashes 78-yard throw at Pro Day

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Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes didn’t want any of the NFL personnel people at his Pro Day to leave without seeing how strong his arm is.

So Mahomes finished his workout by chucking the ball as far as he could, and the ball went 78 yards, according to the Houston Chronicle.

That’s certainly an impressive heave, although arm strength in the NFL is really more about velocity on mid-range passes than it is about throwing the football as far as a quarterback possibly can. And as Mike Mayock of NFL Network noted, Mahomes sometimes looks like more of a thrower than a passer, a quarterback who can heave it a long way but doesn’t necessarily have the kind of touch on his passes that NFL teams want to see.

There are no doubts about Mahomes’ production at the college level. He passed for 5,052 yards with 41 touchdowns and 10 interceptions last season. And there are no doubts about his arm strength, either. It remains to be seen, however, whether teams believe those traits translate to NFL success.

57 responses to “Patrick Mahomes unleashes 78-yard throw at Pro Day

  1. You can’t teach arm strength…you either have it or you don’t and Mahomes has it! Technique, touch and mechanics can all be taught by a good QB coach…those are all traits that can be learned but natural skill sets are something you’re born with like arm strength and your competitive fire.

  2. JaMarcus Russell also threw a football 65 yards on his knees. Call me when he takes a snap under center and reads a defense correctly.

  3. I remember many years ago when tv had a QB Challenge show for which many NFL QBs were invited to compete in a series of skills test. John Elway, who had a pretty strong gun, threw it for 73 yards. He was beat out by Jay Schroeder who went for 75. I wonder how far Cutler could go?

  4. brettsdaddy11172010 says:
    Apr 1, 2017 8:58 AM

    You can’t teach arm strength…you either have it or you don’t and Mahomes has it! Technique, touch and mechanics can all be taught by a good QB coach…those are all traits that can be learned but natural skill sets are something you’re born with like arm strength and your competitive fire.

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    49ers fans (or any football fan) would disagree.
    See Kaepernick throw 5 yard bullets.
    Joe Montana on the other hand, did not have a rocket arm, but we all know how he did in the NFL.

  5. Peter King once wrote about some old Bears QB, back in the 40’s or 50’s, who once threw it end zone to end zone in practice. Maybe an urban legend?

  6. How far a QB can throw the ball has little to do with what kind of NFL QB they are or will be.
    Things like release, touch, accuracy, mobility, ability to read the field, mental and physical toughness, and leadership ability are all more important than pure arm strength, though that is also desirable, of course. Arm strength is great to have, but without most of those other attributes, is of limited value.

  7. Throwing it a long way is a VERY revealing measure of arm strength. Frankly, the distance any object travels (assuming optimal trajectory) is a function of launch speed.

    If Mahomes can throw 78 yards, he can throw a 30 yard slant harder than someone else who can only throw a 60 yard pass.

    BUT, speed is only one component – accuracy and decision making are the two biggies.

    (Also, ability to avoid the “purple drank” – lol)

  8. If it’s likely Jimmy G gets traded away from NE, just watch BB take Mahomes. What a great wrinkle to have to cause the opposing DCs nightmares. You have the speedster Cook who can ran past any DB and a QB who can throw it to him.

  9. Big deal. Did he do it from his knees like Kyle Boller? Has Texas Tech ever produced a quality NFL QB?

  10. Whoever wrote this article is a moron to question Mahomes velocity. Mahomes threw the ball 60+ MPH at the combine, not only best at the combine but he clocked the fastest ever time at the combine. As soon Mahomes hits the league, he will have the strongest arm in the NFL, its stronger than Staffords.
    Mahomes has some serious arm talent. He has Elite arm strength & talent, throws with velocity, is a natural accurate QB and natural thrower of the ball, he is very accurate on intermediate & deep throws throwing with timing and anticipation and has shown he can throw into tight NFL Windows!!

    Mahomes is going to look really good in Cardinals red!!! I think AZ will trade back 5 or so spots, picking up and extra 3rd round pick and draft Mahomes!!
    AZ is the perfect team for Mahomes to go with the perfect foundation. He will get to learn under the best QB coach/developer in the NFL in Arians along w/ Tom Moore, Veteran All-Pro QB Carson Palmer will mentor him which is hugely beneficial to a young QB and Mahomes will be going to a team with an Elite loaded offense that has an excellent O-Line with everyone coming back healthy and defensively they are loaded as well with a loaded elite top defense!!!! Mahomes will also get to sit for 1-2 seasons and develop before he ever starts a game!!!! In AZ I think he will develop into an excellent top 5 NFL starting QB eventually.

  11. alonestartexan says:
    Apr 1, 2017 8:57 AM
    He’ll end up with the Texans.
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    Not a chance in hell LoL !!! Arizona will draft him far before Mahomes ever gets to 25th overall!!! I think Arizona will trade back a few spots, trading out of 13 picking up an extra 3rd & 6th round pick, drafting Mahomes say 18th/19th overall.

  12. I wouldn’t marginalize arm-strength. Can you be successful without one of the strongest arms? Yes. Can you be a flop with one of the strongest arms? Sure. But all things being equal, every QB would rather have more arm strength than less.

  13. Brady was second in the league in adjusted yards per attempt. He also threw for the most yards in SB history. If you want to troll, at least watch the sport.

  14. Kyle boller was not as impressive as this kid was. Watch the tape his footwork is horrible yet in still he’s able to make great throws. Cross his body, off his back foot, and not even setting his feet. Just watch an excellent qb coach will have him giving defenses fits and all you doubters eating crow.

  15. Lots of QBs have strong arms.

    Accuracy is much more important. Can the QB throw in the tight windows in the NFL with precise timing and necessary velocity?

    Much harder to figure out from Game film than just how far they can throw it.

    Reading a defense is also kind of important. Around this time teams and the media go nuts on QBs with strong arms. But if they can never make the necessary read on WHEN to throw it, it won’t ever matter. See JaMarcus Russel and Brady Quinn

    An accurate Arm (Joe Montana) is always more valued than a strong one.

  16. Hail Mary situations are about the only time you’re going to need a 78 yard throw.

  17. Jeff George, JaMarcus Russell, and John Elway (yes, he of the 52.3 QB rating for his Super Bowl appearances) all could heave the ball around 80 yards. Keep in mind that until Elway had a running game to carry the load, he was totally worthless in his 3 Super Bowl wipeouts.

    Give me Brady, Montana, Bradshaw, Roethlisberger, and Warner instead of these rocket armed losers.

  18. I know this is not going to be a popular opinion but I don’t think his sloppy mechanics matter. Being able to throw accurately from different arm angles and platforms is an asset, not a strength. When you are that naturally gifted as a thrower mechanics are highly over-rated, over coaching could actually ruin him. He gets the ball to go where he wants it to go, and with zip, how he does it doesn’t matter. The fact than he can do it under sub optimal conidtions is a good thing.

  19. Jamarcus Russell can make that throw from his knees. Regardless, I still think Mahomes is the best QB in the draft. I see him consistently extending plays with his quickness and athleticism, then moving around as he’s going through his progressions, finding an open receiver, and then delivering the throw on the money. I see him making risky throws, but when you consider his defense can’t stop anybody, he kinda has to. That part can get cleaned up. Those good things that he has are hard to teach. This guy is a can’t miss superstar.

  20. That’s nice but it’s also very valuable to be able to throw 3 yards with pinpoint accuracy and perfect timing. Ask Russell Wilson about that.

    LOTS of people comping Mahomes to Jay Cutler so thats a little unsettling if your team is the that pulls the trigger on him. But I think Matt Stafford is the more favorable and accurate comparison and a lot of NFL teams could do worse than him right now.

  21. Flacco can do the same thing but misses the receiver.
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    But he usually gets the PI call.

  22. John Elway single handedly carried 3 teams from the 80s on his back into the Super Bowl. But because they faced superior competition in those losses he’s a strong armed loser? You are a joke.

  23. He’s not even on an NFL roster yet so lets pump the brakes. Could he be good? Yes. Most likely outcome? He sits on the bench his whole 8 year career and only takes snaps in garbage time or in pre-season. I could throw the ball 60 yards in high school. I work 9 to 5 now. Lol. Arm strength has nothing to do with it. As hyped as the deep ball is these days, you can win without it obviously. Its a tool yes, but when playing QB it really doesn’t need to be that sharp. Decision making and accuracy come before arm strength by a country mile. Its like having a knockoff of the Mona Lisa. Its cool and all but holds no real world value.

  24. Kordell Stewart chucked the hail mary against Michigan around that distance. I think Holmes will pan out just will take a year or two.

  25. Mahomes was a dual sport college athlete. He was drafted by tbe MLB as a pitcher. So he isn’t just another strong arm. He knows location better then anyone in the draft and he showed it on Saturday’s if anyone watched his play. He’s smart between the ears and he always kept his head up and downfield as he scrambled in the pocket.

    Having said all that, there is a con to his college play. Mahomes was a long ball passer. He was always looking to throw for the deep TD first and foremost. The result is he held on to the football too long and that in turn resulted with him scrambling too often…playground ball. He should’ve got rid of the ball faster. When he did, he was extremely accurate. He was also a frustration passer. If he didn’t find someone open, he would launch a pass as far down field as he could. The result was an interception. Granted it ended up the equivalent of a punt in most cases. He was also prone to shoulder injury when he got hit. Getting drafted by a team with a porous O-line could spell trouble. The bottom line Mahomes has all the skills. His potential is off the charts. Can it be harnessed with a good NFL QB coach is the real question and durability.

  26. atwaterslaughter says:
    Apr 1, 2017 5:23 PM
    John Elway single handedly carried 3 teams from the 80s on his back into the Super Bowl. But because they faced superior competition in those losses he’s a strong armed loser? You are a joke.
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    Why would you even respond to something as idiotic as that? Ignore them and they’ll go away. Someone obviously is hurting for attention.

  27. Just like anyone who turns professional in any occupation, the expectation for that person to be ready without the experience or resources at the next level is ridiculous.

  28. pr 1, 2017 6:41 PM
    Just like anyone who turns professional in any occupation, the expectation for that person to be ready without the experience or resources at the next level is ridiculous
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    This expectation has ruined the chances of many rookies of becoming great. Derik Carr’s brother David is a prime example. When drafted, the teams owner swore up and down that he would not throw the kid in the lions den. Claimed he would groom him a couple seasons. But for some reason, he had David start game one of his rookie season. The Oline was aweful and he took mercilise beatings by other teams front 7 for a few years. He was eventually traded but by then, he was long ago damaged goods. Too scared to concentrate on his receivers.
    Look at how good Derik is doing and know David could have been much, much better.
    Thanks for your post, bro.

  29. Ei agree with the others, who cares how far Montana, Brady, manning brothers, Sherman throws the ball? Ask the og 49er fans, drunkenmiller came after young and Garcia , and could throw through brick walls, . Like kap he couldn’t hit the side of a barn on deep throws.
    Bill Walsh laughed at guys who did assinine evaluations on dumb criteria. ( see Nolan, sing, baalke tomsula etc…)

  30. weepingjebus says:
    Apr 1, 2017 1:02 PM
    Brady was second in the league in adjusted yards per attempt. He also threw for the most yards in SB history. If you want to troll, at least watch the sport.

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    Arm strength has NOTHING to do with your adjusted yards per attempt stat you are so proud of….meaningless stat just like YPA….the QB rating stat is overrated also as it doesn’t take into account for fumbles or holding the ball too long and taking a sack but you get credit for completion percentage by throwing a little 2 yard dump pass….even these PFF stats are misleading unless these guys doing all the ratings have every play call sheet and know who’s supposed to block who and cover who and line up where and run whatever route on a read and all the other things involved in a play call both offensively and defensively …. Those PFF ratings to me are foolish….Tom Brady is a good qb but doesn’t possess a strong arm

  31. JaWalrus Russell would be a hall of famer if arm strength was so important…

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