The Texas Tech football program will have a new man under center in 2017.
On Tuesday, star quarterback Patrick Mahomes held a press conference to announce he will be forgoing his final year of eligibility and will declare for the 2017 NFL Draft.
NFL agent Leigh Steinberg was present at the Red Raiders facility prior to Mahomes’ announcement, tipping his hand at what was to come.
Mahomes has been working on his pre-draft preparations in Tampa, Florida, according to reports.
In 2016, Mahomes threw for an FBS-leading 5,052 yards, 40 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. The 6-foot-3 signal-caller also added 285 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground. Throughout his three seasons in Lubbock leading the Texas Tech high-flying offense, Mahomes threw for 11,252 yards, 93 touchdowns and just 29 interceptions.
NFL scouts seem split on Mahomes’ NFL potential due to the gimmick system at Texas Tech, with the junior receiving a grade as high as the second-round and as low as the fourth.
The 2017 NFL Draft takes place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from April 27 – April 29.
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