- Four years into his NFL career, Patrick Mahomes is already the most dominant player in football.
- Mahomes already has an NFL MVP award and Super Bowl MVP under his belt and could add another Super Bowl to his resume this week.
- But in 2017, Mahomes fell to Kansas City with the 10th overall pick of the NFL Draft.
- Take a look below at the nine players taken ahead of the best player in football.
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Patrick Mahomes is the most dominant player in the NFL today.
In just three years as a starting quarterback, Mahomes has already taken his team to the Super Bowl twice,won both NFL and Super Bowl MVP, and signed the richest contract in North American sports history, a $US500 million deal that will keep him in Kansas City for another decade.
Looking back, it’s clear that every team that passed on him in the 2017 NFL Draft made a huge mistake. While most of the players taken in front of Mahomes have been productive, any team would trade what they got in 2017 for Mahomes.
Take a look below at the nine players who were taken before Mahomes back in 2017.
Myles Garrett was picked No. 1 overall by the Cleveland Browns.
Garrett is now a captain of the Browns defence, leading a formidable pass rush. He finished the 2020 season with 12 sacks, good for sixth in the league.
Mitchell Trubisky was picked No. 2 overall by the Chicago Bears.
Trubisky has had a difficult tenure with the Bears, getting temporarily benched this season in favour of Nick Foles before taking the starting job back and leading Chicago to the postseason.
Solomon Thomas was picked No. 3 overall by the San Francisco 49ers.
Thomas now plays alongside Nick Bosa in one of the most terrifying defensive fronts in the league.
Leonard Fournette was picked No. 4 overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
After a few disappointing years with the Jaguars, Fournette joined the Buccaneers and has been a huge asset in the team’s postseason run.
Corey Davis was picked No. 5 overall by the Tennessee Titans.
Davis has been solid for the Titans, teaming up with A.J. Brown to form a dynamic duo of receivers in Tennessee.
Jamal Adams was picked No. 6 overall by the New York Jets.
After a contentious departure from New York, Adams landed in Seattle as one of the new anchors of the Seahawks defence.
Mike Williams was picked No. 7 overall by the Los Angeles Chargers.
Williams caught 48 passes for the Chargers in 2020 for 756 yards and five touchdowns.
Christian McCaffrey was picked No. 8 overall by the Carolina Panthers.
McCaffrey has developed into one of the most dangerous backfield threats in the NFL, though injuries limited him through the 2020 season.
John Ross was picked No. 9 overall by the Cincinnati Bengals.
Ross has had bad luck with injuries throughout his four years in the NFL, and has played in more than eight games just once in his career.
Patrick Mahomes was picked No. 10 overall by the Kansas City Chiefs.
Mahomes is now undoubtedly the best player in football, leading Kansas City to the AFC championship in all three of his seasons as a starter, and a Super Bowl win in 2020.
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