The Patrick Mahomes effect on the Kansas City Chiefs has been nothing short of historic. The trio of Mahomes, Hill and Kelce has led the Chiefs to a top 3 offence ever since Mahomes took over the starting job. And with their newest additions, Mahomes believes the offence will get even scarier in 2021.
Kansas City’s front office dedicated much of their 2021 offseason to fix the line. They made a big splash in free agency as they signed former Patriots centre Joe Thuney. Then swung a trade for upcoming star tackle Orlando Brown from the Ravens. And after which they brought in Kyle Long, Austin Blythe and then drafted two linemen with their draft picks.
The new look Chiefs offensive line💪 pic.twitter.com/GLD28dyrjr
— PFF (@PFF) April 23, 2021
But Mahomes had 2 other names that he thinks will add major value to the offence.
Patrick Mahomes had high praise for 2 rookie pass-catchers
The Kansas City Chiefs drafted TE Noah Gray and WR Cornell Powell in the 5th round of the 2021 NFL draft. And Patrick Mahomes praised both Gray and Powell as guys who could make their presences felt for a Chiefs offence.
“They can work. They know how to get out there and make plays happen. Noah has been really good – I think he has a veteran-type skillset where he knows how to get himself open even if it’s not exactly what the play is designed to do. He knows how to get his eyes back and how to get on the quarterback’s timing,” Mahomes explained, via Matt McMullen of Chiefs.com.
“Then Cornell, he’s a beast. He’s big out there, running across the field and making some big catches in some tough, contested spots.”
Noah Gray spent 4 years at Duke as a TE. Gray racked up 948 yards and 105 receptions over his tenure. And even though the stats may not be prolific, his skill set and ceiling will fit in perfectly in the Chiefs offence.
With the 162nd pick, the Chiefs select TE Noah Gray, Duke
Here are his college stats!
948 receiving yards
8 receiving TD’s
2 rushing attempts
3 rushing yards
— Chiefs Focus: Behind the Numbers 📊 (@CFStatistics) May 1, 2021
Cornell spent his collegiate career at Clemson. He made steady improvements every season, capping off his senior season with a career-high 882 yards averaging 16.6 yards per catch.
Cornell’s 16.6 yards-per-catch led all Clemson wide receivers last season 📝
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) May 3, 2021
Whether Cornell and Gray will make the 53 man roster is still in question. But if they keep working hard and getting praise from the Chiefs franchise QB, we could see the rooks make the team.