RSP Boiler Room No.79: QB Patrick Mahomes (Texas Tech) – Off-Script Pass Placement

RSP Boiler Room No.79: QB Patrick Mahomes (Texas Tech) – Off-Script Pass Placement

Matt Waldman of the Rookie Scouting Portfolio examines Quarterback Patrick Mahomes's 2017 NFL Passing Skills

The Texas Tech-Oklahoma tilt featured some great trick-shot passing from Patrick Mahomes. The RSP Boiler Room examines one of those plays and why it bodes well for the QB prospect.

I get it. You’re afraid of your team drafting a gunslinger. They’re unpredictable. They make dumb mistakes. Their brand of football gets sloppy.

Many of you will be terrified at the prospect of Patrick Mahomes joining your favorite team. If you’re predisposed to anxiety, he’ll up the volume: He scrambles, he throws off balance,  he’ll throw it across his body, and he’ll squeeze the ball into windows that would make Alex Smith faint and Kirk Cousins jealous.

If Mahomes mental-emotional transition to the conceptual rigors of the NFL, look out. He plays the position with the flair of an All-Star shortstop and he’s the most entertaining quarterback I’ve seen in a long time.

But beneath that showtime style is a passer who understands that these flashy throws require excellent placement. I could show you at least a dozen throws from this OU game that demonstrate his knowledge and aptitude for good placement on difficult throws to risky windows—several better than this one below— but this attempt is a meaningful play that’s a clear-cut illustration of my point.

Stay tuned for more Mahomes analysis when Inside the Pylon’s Mark Schofield will be joining me this week for a new format of the RSP Film Room.

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