New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo was in Lubbock Texas on Friday for the Texas Tech Red Raiders Pro Day, so that he can get a better look at quarterback Patrick Mahomes II.
It’s unusual for McAdoo to attend a pro day as he normally leaves it to general manager Jerry Reese and Marc Ross, the vice president of player evaluation. In fact, this was the first time McAdoo attended a pro day since he became New York Giants head coach.
With the Giants signing Geno Smith to a one year deal a couple of weeks ago, the Giants weren’t expected to take a quarterback early in the draft. But maybe that’s no longer the case as it’s been reported that McAdoo also had a private meeting with Mahomes.
With Eli Manning 36-years-old and about to enter his 14th year in the league, the Giants need to seriously look to see who can be his eventual successor, and Mahomes could be it.
He is projected to be the fourth quarterback taken in the draft behind North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky, Clemson’s Deshaun Watson and Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer. So, he should be available when the Giants pick at 23.
Last season at Texas Tech, Mahomes completed 65.7 percent of his passes for 5,052 yards and 41 touchdowns to just 10 interceptions. During his three years at Texas Tech, he threw for 11,252 yards, 93 touchdowns to just 29 interceptions.
He is also a threat running with the football as he’s scored 22 touchdowns on the ground in his last two seasons. A mobile quarterback is something the Giants have not had since the days of Jeff Hostetler. His mobility allows him to extend plays and improvise when under pressure.
At 6-foot-2, 225 pounds, Mahomes has the ideal size for a young quarterback coming into the NFL. He has an accurate and strong arm and but has been known to be too bold sometimes and tries to make a big play instead of taking what defenses gives him. This however can be corrected under the tutelage of McAdoo and Manning.
Mahomes father was a pitcher with the New York Mets back in 1999, so he has been mentored on how to be a professional in the biggest media market in the world. We’ll have to wait and see on April 27th if he will be the Giants quarterback of the future.