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Chiefs feared Saints would take Patrick Mahomes

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When the Chiefs decided to jump from No. 27 to No. 10, the simplest explanation for the move was that the Chiefs thought the Browns at No. 12 or the Cardinals at No. 13 would take quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Via Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the Chiefs moved to No. 10 in order to leapfrog the Saints at No. 11.

Per Rapoport, the Chiefs were convinced the Saints would select Mahomes as the eventual heir to Drew Brees. Apparently, PGA golfer Ryan Palmer (who was in the New Orleans draft room on Thursday) has separately said on radio that the Saints would have taken Mahomes.

It would have been interesting to see how Brees would have reacted to the move, given what he said several weeks ago about the prospect of the Saints taking a quarterback.

“[I]f I’m going to start and that quarterback sits, well that’s not helping our team right now,” Brees said. “So, I want somebody who’s going to help our team right now. That’s the only difference.”

That almost didn’t happen, if Palmer and Rapoport are accurate that the Saints wanted Mahomes. That news, if true, also implies that the Saints didn’t feel the same way about Deshaun Watson, who was available when the Saints put in a card at No. 11.

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34 Responses to “Chiefs feared Saints would take Patrick Mahomes”
  1. returntoexcellence says: Apr 28, 2017 4:40 PM

    I guess Brees needed an explanation…

  2. kpizzow says: Apr 28, 2017 4:40 PM

    How do you trade up and give up anything when you are perennial playoff caliber team for a maybe down the road quarterback. If the Ravens can win it with Flacco then the Chiefs can do it with Smith. There were several defensive studs available that would help any team. Now you’ve traded some of your picks that would give you depth and drafted a guy that if things go well will ride the bench this year – and maybe next year. The Bears move was dumb as well – but they aren’t close to winning while the Chiefs are close(r).

  3. tindeaux says: Apr 28, 2017 4:43 PM

    no fear!
    either way, no championship for neither of these 2 teams next seasons.

  4. donterrelli says: Apr 28, 2017 4:44 PM

    The next Pat White.

  5. ramrene says: Apr 28, 2017 4:48 PM

    Saints response… “Drew needs to know that there’s life after him and the organization needs to be prepared to move on.”

  6. eljefedelmundo says: Apr 28, 2017 4:48 PM

    Dumb Chiefs- Saints don’t need a new QB yet, and none of this year’s are very good.

    Now- why we went OT instead of trading up a spot or 2 for a rusher, that makes no sense

  7. tylawspick6 says: Apr 28, 2017 4:49 PM

    Brees has a big mouth.

  8. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Apr 28, 2017 4:54 PM

    This makes sense… The Raiders feared the State Police were gonna take Gareon Conley.

  9. floridaslonechargersfan says: Apr 28, 2017 5:12 PM

    This wouldn’t be the first time Drew Brees had his replacement drafted while he was still the starter.

  10. joetoronto says: Apr 28, 2017 5:12 PM

    How do you trade up and give up anything when you are perennial playoff caliber team for a maybe down the road quarterback. If the Ravens can win it with Flacco then the Chiefs can do it with Smith. There were several defensive studs available that would help any team. Now you’ve traded some of your picks that would give you depth and drafted a guy that if things go well will ride the bench this year – and maybe next year. The Bears move was dumb as well – but they aren’t close to winning while the Chiefs are close(r).

    —-

    Just because you COULD hypothetically do it with Alex Smith doesn’t mean you’re likely to. Flacco is the exception, not the rule, seeing as he’s the only AFC QB not named Brady, Manning, or Roethlisberger to play in the Super Bowl in 15 years.

  11. xenova1 says: Apr 28, 2017 5:14 PM

    The Saints’ did well by getting help where they needed it. They’ve drafted QBs the last two years and it didn’t help their defense.

  12. Iknowitall says: Apr 28, 2017 5:15 PM

    The Chiefs made a BRILLIANT move.
    Mahomes will be a HOFer.

  13. skippynj says: Apr 28, 2017 5:18 PM

    Brees is good for another 5 years and could throw for 5k with high school players. Gotta go DE, CB, DE.

  14. 12brichandfamous says: Apr 28, 2017 5:33 PM

    Drew, its always in the team interest to plan for the future. You’ve done great evading the rushh, but if you are ever hurt, what happens to the team then?

  15. ahzroc says: Apr 28, 2017 5:47 PM

    Brees has thrown fo 70,000 + yards with the Saints and has NEVER had an All-Pro WR

  16. ahzroc says: Apr 28, 2017 5:50 PM

    oopps1
    54,000 yds with the saints…shouldn’t type and talk on the phone

  17. r502 says: Apr 28, 2017 5:52 PM

    The Chiefs are nowhere near a contender with Alex Smith and everyone, including their own coach, knows it.

    Reid cannot roll with Smith much longer, the ceiling has been reached. Smith is who he is and that’s all there is to see.

    Mahoney looks to be the anti-Smith, a guy who will go for the win instead of fearing the loss.

    Giving up next year’s first is a high price to pay for a backup QB however.

    Chiefs fan now has even better reason to boo lustily when captain check down rolls to his right and fires the ball out of bounds on third and five.

    Smith is so risk averse, he plays not to lose, even when the team desperately needs him to make a play to win the game late in the fourth quarter.

  18. pau49ers says: Apr 28, 2017 6:07 PM

    Saints got jumped twice. They lost Mahomes at 11 and apparently, they wanted Foster and that’s why the 49ers jumped in from of them later in the draft. Sorry Forest, this seats taken.

  19. scoocha says: Apr 28, 2017 6:08 PM

    Everyone keep in mind that the best 2 QBs to come out of the Big 12 in it’s 20+ year history are Vince Run Young and Ryan Tannehill a former WR. That is not a good track record. The conference is basically arena football with even less defense. Take Mahomes numbers with a grain of salt. The only thing he has going for him is his MLB father. 99% chance he’s a bust.

  20. poguemahonepft says: Apr 28, 2017 6:10 PM

    wow – I guess the tin foil hats will serve them well the rest of the way – maybe they can get bigfoot to announce their next pick…

  21. hrmlss says: Apr 28, 2017 6:16 PM

    Ted Thompson called Ryan Pace and said he was going trade up for Mr Biscuit. Pace shat himself and then gave up the farm to move up 1 spot!

  22. abninf says: Apr 28, 2017 6:35 PM

    The Saints were actually going to take him?? Drew Brees wants an explanation.

  23. bannedfromchoirpractice says: Apr 28, 2017 6:37 PM

    Selfish comment by Drew. Not surprising coming from a millionaire who tips two bucks on an 8o dollar tab for take-out bbq. Stiffing the very fans that made him wealthy is not the greatest display of classiness.

  24. mahimike says: Apr 28, 2017 6:38 PM

    Good teams draft for the future – not the present. John Dorsey is the best GM in the biz.

  25. briang123 says: Apr 28, 2017 6:52 PM

    Brees all about Brees. I don’t need an explanation.

  26. mikelitoris1 says: Apr 28, 2017 7:30 PM

    As a friend of one a friend of one of his former backups, Brees is a giant douche to all of his backups QBs (and a douche in general). Not surprised whatsoever.

  27. mikelitoris1 says: Apr 28, 2017 7:31 PM

    In fact there is a clause in Brees’ contract that really limits the snap count of his backups. Brees is all about Brees.

  28. jim699 says: Apr 28, 2017 7:38 PM

    How do you trade up and give up anything when you are perennial playoff caliber team for a maybe down the road quarterback. If the Ravens can win it with Flacco then the Chiefs can do it with Smith. There were several defensive studs available that would help any team. Now you’ve traded some of your picks that would give you depth and drafted a guy that if things go well will ride the bench this year – and maybe next year. The Bears move was dumb as well – but they aren’t close to winning while the Chiefs are close(r).
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    I mostly agree with this. It’s one thing to use your 1st round pick to draft a QB, but to use 2 when you were the #2 seed in the AFC last year?

    How good are the Chiefs going to be in 2 years when this guy is ready to play? This is just a weird move for a team like the Chiefs. They must really feel like this is THE guy.

  29. tonebones says: Apr 28, 2017 7:48 PM

    Contrary to popular belief, Mahomes is the guy most ready to start from day one. Andy Reid is going to do what Jim Harbaugh did with Alex Smith. It will be interesting to watch when Alex gets his bell rung. He won’t know which end is up, but they’re going to have to drag him off the field.

  30. twoteamsforlosangeles says: Apr 29, 2017 2:23 AM

    Mickey Loomis is making Cleveland look like a genius…Here’s a suggestion, Mickey. If you really want a player, don’t broadcast said player’s name on a bullhorn. Saints may be better off going 4-12 and blowing things up and getting off of the Jeff Fisher 7-9 bus.

  31. jjackwagon says: Apr 29, 2017 10:30 PM

    How do you trade up and give up anything when you are perennial playoff caliber team for a maybe down the road quarterback.
    ———-
    I guess you are to young to remember when the Broncos fired John Fox after a run to the SB. Why would they do that? Because the FO knew he had gone as far as he could.
    Same deal with the QB situation in KC. Smith has gone as far as he can. Now they need a QB that can get to the SB.

  32. droppedinagreasefire says: Apr 30, 2017 3:04 AM

    Congrats to the Chiefs. They just mortgaged their future with a first round panic selection.

    Love,

    AFC West

  33. jjackwagon says: Apr 30, 2017 5:18 PM

    droppedinagreasefire says:
    Apr 30, 2017 3:04 AM
    Congrats to the Chiefs. They just mortgaged their future with a first round panic selection.

    Swapped 1st rounders this year…gave up this years 3rd and next years 1st. SO…by the time the 2nd round starts in the 2018 draft, they will have paid the bill.
    Please explain how that mortgages the future?

    BTW if Mahomes becomes a franchise QB everyone will rave about how little they paid to get him.

  34. sodoyoufeelluckypunk says: May 1, 2017 6:07 AM

    Can you say OVERPAY!!!! Somewhere, D. Vermeil is sobbing!

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