ESPN analyst and former NFL player Dominique Foxworth has had enough of people constantly looking for the next Patrick Mahomes.
You want to know what makes Patrick Mahomes great? He’s Patrick Mahomes. He’s one of a kind.
Yet each offseason, we’re constantly looking to cron the next version of him. If it’s not him, it’s Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady. In reality, it’s a near-guarantee none of the five quarterbacks likely to go in the first round come April 29 are going to be a replica.
On Monday morning, ESPN analyst and former NFL cornerback Dominique Foxworth did God’s work and laid that out in plain English:
NFL Draft comparisons to Patrick Mahomes are insane
Look, Mahomes has played three seasons in the NFL after sitting out his rookie year as a backup to quarterback Alex Smith. In those aforementioned three campaigns, Mahomes has notched an MVP, one First-Team All-Pro year and another Second-Team All-Pro honor.
Mahomes, more importantly, has also had the Kansas City Chiefs hosting the AFC Championship Game each of the past three seasons (becoming the first AFC team to ever turn that trick) while reaching back-to-back Super Bowls, including a Super Bowl LIV victory.
While Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, Trey Lance, Justin Fields and Mac Jones are all varying prospects, getting to Mahomes’ level is going to take a massive combination of skill and luck. Betting on any to become a player of his stature is lunacy, even for a player like Lawrence who is believed to be a generational talent.