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Old 01-09-2019, 03:17 PM  
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‘We got it done!’: The inside story of how Patrick Mahomes landed with the Chiefs

https://www.washingtonpost.com/sport...d-with-chiefs/

We got it done!’: The inside story of how Patrick Mahomes landed with the Chiefs

Sometime after the fall of 2015, Brett Veach, then the Kansas City Chiefs’ director of player personnel, was studying offensive linemen for the upcoming NFL draft. As Veach evaluated game film of Texas Tech offensive tackle Le’Raven Clark, another player on the screen distracted his focus. The Red Raiders’ sophomore quarterback made one unfathomable throw after another. He overcame his rawness with uncommon athleticism.

Those clips formed the basis of an obsession for Veach. And they were the Chiefs’ unofficial introduction to Patrick Mahomes.

On Saturday, Mahomes will continue his incandescent first season as Chiefs’ starting quarterback in a divisional round game against the Indianapolis Colts, both the NFL’s presumptive MVP and an avatar for the sport’s future. Mahomes passed for more than 5,000 yards and threw 50 touchdown passes, leading the Chiefs to 12 wins and the AFC’s top seed. His starburst, at age 23, made clear Mahomes could turn the Chiefs into an annual Super Bowl contender.

As Mahomes readies for his postseason debut, it is worth revisiting how the Chiefs landed perhaps the most valuable asset in professional football — and in the process kept him away from other pursuers. What began with Veach studying Clark ended with the Chiefs setting their course for 10 or 15 years. They traded two first-round picks and a third-round pick to move up to the 10th spot in the 2017 draft to poach Mahomes, then incubated him for his rookie season before unleashing him on the NFL. The process required personal connections, dogged pursuit, bold action and a little luck.

“This was a case of probably the perfect storm in a whole bunch of ways,” Mahomes’s agent Leigh Steinberg said in a phone interview.

“When I told him we work with Patrick, he was like, ‘Let’s slide out of here and talk a little bit,’” Cabott recalled in a phone interview.

Veach informed Cabott the Chiefs had grown enamored of Mahomes. At that point, Veach may have been talking out of turn. He loved Mahomes and believed, contrary to consensus, Mahomes was clearly the best quarterback available. But Veach had yet to cultivate the opinion throughout Kansas City’s organization.

In Cabott, Veach had a fellow Mahomes evangelist. Cabott discovered Mahomes while watching him play a bowl game as a freshman. He called a member of his agency’s board and said he had seen the best quarterback in the 2017 draft. He started cultivating a relationship with Mahomes’s family, eventually summoning the nerve to cold-call Mahomes’s mother, Randi, at work.
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Old 01-09-2019, 11:57 PM   #46
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Man.

Leigh Steinberg had almost as much to do with us getting Mahomes as anyone.

He can puke on my shoes any day.
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Old 01-09-2019, 11:59 PM   #47
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Man.

Leigh Steinberg had almost as much to do with us getting Mahomes as anyone.

He can puke on my shoes any day.
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Old 01-10-2019, 12:08 AM   #48
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Am I the only one who ever sits back and wonders what it would be like had he wound up elsewhere? What if the Bears had taken him? And somehow we wound up with Trubisky or Watson? What would it be like watching this generational QB from afar and dreaming of having someone that dominant?

It really helps me put how amazing this entire season has been into perspective. However it ends. We'll never have an experience like this in our lives again. It's magic.
If the Bears had taken him with a top 3 pick, I don't think I would have given it any thought.

Now if KC had traded up to take Watson and Mahomes went a pick or two later, now that would have been a serious

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Old 01-10-2019, 12:40 AM   #49
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Ah, good shit. You have to respect the way Steinberg and Cabbot valued Veach reaching out first, with genuine passion, and then doing their part to ensure that Mahomes would end up in the ideal situation.
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Old 01-10-2019, 02:30 PM   #50
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Hopefully Veach (or one of his guys) is out looking for the next big thing at Safety and/or CB. Can't rest on our laurels in the NFL.
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Old 01-10-2019, 02:33 PM   #51
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If the Bears had taken him with a top 3 pick, I don't think I would have given it any thought.

Now if KC had traded up to take Watson and Mahomes went a pick or two later, now that would have been a serious

/Because Chiefs.
The Bears with Mahomes is just about as dynastic as it gets.
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Old 01-10-2019, 02:33 PM   #52
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That was a great article. I couldn't stop reading this article earlier in the season.

https://sports.yahoo.com/chiefs-fina...165452074.html

Man, this feels ****ing great.
Yea the article in the OP is literally a rehash of the article in the link published early this year. It's damn near plagiarized.
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Old 01-11-2019, 06:05 AM   #53
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Something I read in that article made me think Dorsey might've been the one not totally sold on it


Naw. Dorsey from what we’ve seen in Cleveland doesn’t let anything out. No one knows what he’s thinking.


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Old 01-11-2019, 07:19 AM   #54
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On Feb. 4, 2017, the Saturday before the Super Bowl, Steinberg hosted his annual Super Bowl party at Hughes Manor in Houston. At the event every year, Steinberg invites his draft prospects and gives awards to NFL figures he deems worthy for their devotion to humanitarian causes. For 2017, he had chosen Kansas City owner Clark Hunt as a recipient.

“It just so happened — coincidentally! — we had Patrick co-present the award,” Steinberg said, chuckling.

Steinberg had known Hunt for four decades, and understood that picking Mahomes, especially if it required trading up, would be a momentous decision for the Chiefs that would require Hunt’s approval. The Super Bowl party introduction was how Hunt started getting comfortable with the quarterback.
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Old 01-11-2019, 07:58 AM   #55
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Yea the article in the OP is literally a rehash of the article in the link published early this year. It's damn near plagiarized.
Yep. I bet Paylor is pissed. Kilgore stole his shit and just reworded a few things around. Awful “journalism.”
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Old 01-11-2019, 08:19 AM   #56
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