Latest Update (April 12)
10:00AM: Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes is visiting with the Jets today, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Mahomes would have hired Jeremy Bates to be his private QB coach this offseason, but was unable to once the Jets hired Bates as the team's QB coach, Schefter added. The two have mutual respect for each other.
With the draft 15 days away, the Jets are reportedly looking hard at the quarterbacks available.
Previous Reports (April 3)
11:30AM: The Jets held a private workout for Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes on Sunday morning, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.
Mahomes threw for 5,052 yards and 41 touchdowns with a completion percentage of 65.7 percent and only 10 interceptions for Texas Tech last season. He also added 285 yards on the ground, along with 12 rushing touchdowns.
The 21-year old quarterback is tied for the NCAA single-game passing yards record with 734 yards against Oklahoma last year.
Mahomes is considered to be one of the top quarterbacks available in next month's NFL Draft, where the Jets hold the sixth and 39th overall picks.
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Mahomes is a prospect who has generated a lot of buzz from the online scouting community. However, this doesn't always necessarily mean the player's stock is rising that fast among NFL teams, which is ultimately what counts. Mahomes is thought to have a lot of upside, but he's a work-in-progress in terms of technique and footwork and he played in a run-and-shoot style offense rather than a pro-style scheme in college.
Mahomes' main trait over which scouts are said to be salivating is his arm, but he's also a good athlete with excellent running instincts and a knack for extending plays. He is also confident, if not cocky, and plays with a chip on his shoulder. His spread pedigree doesn't necessarily rule him out from being a fit within the Jets' system because we don't know what John Morton's scheme will look like yet. Perhaps Morton would tailor the scheme to fit his quarterback.
It seems unlikely he'd be a realistic option with the sixth pick anyway, but maybe if the Jets move down and end up with a mid-to-late first rounder, they'd consider the potential value too good to pass up. The issue for a team like the Jets is that Mahomes is another project who would take some time to develop. He has good potential, but the fact the Jets already have two developmental quarterbacks in the system would only slow down his development.