Mitch Trubisky, Deshaun Watson and DeShone Kizer are, for many scouts, the top three quarterback prospects in this year’s draft. But several other quarterbacks, including Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes, have caught the attention of legendary agent Leigh Steinberg.
“Patrick Mahomes has a chance to be a top-of-the-draft quarterback,” Steinberg said on CBS Sports Radio’s After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “He’s got an arm that’s incredibly dynamic – best in the draft. I have a video of him throwing a ball virtually 70 yards from his knees. He’s smart, he’s very mobile, can throw on the run and he can run. So look at him as a franchise quarterback.”
Steinberg has also been impressed by Central Michigan’s Cooper Rush and Tulsa’s Dane Evans.
“Cooper Rush (was) highly productive at the college level,” Steinberg said. “Very steady, can take a team along. Somebody’s going to be happy to have him in charge. Dane Evans from Tulsa (was) tremendously prolific at the college level (as well). A little undersized, but don’t let that deter you because he’s got terrific talent, too.”
Regardless of when – or if – these players get drafted, Steinberg has a message for all NFL Draft prospects: be on your best behavior from now until April 27.
“From this point on, the only time they are private is when they are in their home or apartment,” Steinberg said. “When they walk out on the street, every interaction is going to be observed. The fact that they don’t see anybody they know doesn’t mean that other people don’t recognize them. They have to be very careful in terms of consumption of alcohol and always careful in terms of interactions with women, gracious in their interactions. If they don’t want to do that, simple solution: go play on a practice field in a game with friends. You won’t be paid, but no one will criticize you.”
Social-media behavior is important as well.
“When it comes to social media, understand that this is not some intimate form of communication between you and your friends,” Steinberg said. “This is a broadcast going out worldwide to anybody who’s tuned into the internet. So restraint with pen and tongue is the first key. If you’re tempted to post something, wait a minute – wait 10 – and think about the possible effects you’re going to say on every constituency and how this is going to stand the test of time. People have to be extremely careful. We all have thoughts in our mind that we think. Most of us are very happy that we didn’t express them all. So you need to caution an athlete because they’re under big microscopes. Don’t add to the dissonance and hurt yourself by expressing some controversial or destructive opinion.”