If John Schneider had his way back in 2017, Patrick Mahomes would have fallen to late in the first round for the Seattle Seahawks to draft him.
Oh, what could have been for the Seattle Seahawks. While the team is in the middle of its dramatic soap opera with superstar signal-caller Russell Wilson, it looks like this all could have been avoided had general manager John Schneider gotten his wish back in 2017.
That’s because Schneider was hopeful that Patrick Mahomes would fall late in the first round. If he was still on the board, Seattle would have used its top pick on him. Instead, the Chiefs traded up and snagged him with the No. 10 overall selection. The rest is history.
The Seattle Seahawks were ready to draft Patrick Mahomes before the Chiefs wound up with him
Imagine if Mahomes would have made his way to the Pacific Northwest. He’d be the starter for Seattle and Wilson would be suiting up elsewhere. All we can do now is think about what could have been in this situation.
Mahomes has of course become one of the best signal-callers in the game, helping the Chiefs win the Super Bowl in February of 2020, while also taking home Super Bowl MVP honors. This past season, he also was sensational and nearly led Kansas City to a repeat as champs.
Unfortunately, they suffered a rough loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tom Brady with the Lombardi Trophy on the line. Mahomes signed his record-breaking $502 million contract before the season too.
As for Wilson, his issues with the Seahawks this offseason have been well documented. So much in fact, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Thursday that although he hasn’t demanded a trade, Wilson is open to be sent to the Cowboys, Saints, Raiders and Bears. It feels up in the air whether or not Wilson will lead the Seahawks out Week 1, while that’s not a concern for the Chiefs with Mahomes.