Chiefs chairman Hunt: Trading up for Mahomes ‘a pretty easy decision’

Posted: 01/05/2017 in NFL, Sports
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Kansas City Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt is reveling in his team’s move to trade up 17 spots to select quarterback Patrick Mahomes 10th overall in the 2017 NFL Draft.

The Chiefs engineered a trade with the Buffalo Bills, moving from the No. 27 spot to No. 10 in order to pick the former Texas Tech standout. Kansas City also sent Buffalo the No. 91 pick and its 2018 first-round selection to complete the deal.

Hunt said that after some deliberation, it was an easy decision to go after Mahomes.

“It’s not a decision that I take lightly,” Hunt said via ESPN’s Adam Teicher. “But all things considered, it was not a hard decision. The chance to get a quarterback who can be a franchise quarterback for the Chiefs in the future made it a pretty easy decision.”

Mahomes marks the first time the Chiefs have used their first-round pick on a quarterback since selecting Todd Blackledge seventh overall in 1983.

Hunt recognized the importance of having a marquee quarterback, but said prior to Mahomes it never made sense for the Chiefs to pursue another signal caller.

“I agree with the decisions we’ve made over the last 10 years to acquire the guys that have started for us at the QB position,” Hunt said. “We’re lucky to have Alex Smith. … We just have never really been in a situation where we had a quarterback that we thought that much of and we could actually go get based on where we were drafting.”

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