Steelers Meet With QB Patrick Mahomes, WR Josh Reynolds

Adding two more names to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ interview list at the Combine. QB Patrick Mahomes and WR Josh Reynolds confirmed they met with the team at Indy, per Inside the Pylon and Depot alum Jon Ledyard.

It’s no surprise to see either of these players connected to the Steelers and to be clear, most players talk with everyone. Each team gets 60 interviews, not even counting all the informal visits that go on. Mahomes has that Ben Roethlisberger backyard style and some have theorized the team could grab him at 30th as Ben’s eventual replacement.

He threw for 41 touchdowns and completed 65.7% of his throws in 2016 for Texas Tech.

Reynolds is someone we mentioned as being an excellent fit with the team. He’s raw and has to become a more consistent player but has the height and big play ability the Steelers look for. Reynolds averaged 17 yards per catch in three years at A&M.

Check out the scouting reports we’ve written on each prospect.

2017 NFL Draft Player Profiles: Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes

2017 NFL Draft Player Profiles: Texas A&M WR Josh Reynolds

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  • PaeperCup

    Cool and Cool.

  • T3xassteelers

    You already know I LOVE seeing this :)))) Mahomes the future GOAT!!!

  • falconsaftey43

    Love both these guys.

  • WreckIess

    And so the Path to Pat begins.

  • Spencer Krick

    A 3rd round pick would probably put us ahead of the Texans. . .

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    Agreed! Mahomes is the only QB I would really want to see us take THIS year!

  • Steelers12

    just wondering what do you like so much about him

  • T3xassteelers

    Well I’m pretty biased as I go to Texas Tech (as many of you know) and I’ve seen every single one of his games at home live, but man, he just has the ‘it’ factor. His arm is legendary (the video of him throwing a ball 65 yards from his knees), he’s accurate as heck on the run ala Big Ben. He’s VERY smart (academic all-american so you know he can learn some of the NFL lingo). He’s just such a fun guy to watch! I’ve been lucky to have seen him in person so much haha.

    Watching his interviews he’s just very charismatic

  • NW86

    I seem to be in the minority on here, but I’m not loving the Mahomes talk. Nothing against the player, I don’t know much about him besides what I’ve seen here on the Depot. I would just hate to see the team use an early pick on any player that is going to be a backup for a couple years. We are so close to getting over the superbowl hump that I want to see a player that can get on the field immediately and make an impact. Let all the QB-desperate teams reach for QB’s, and take an edge rusher in round 1 and then best players available. In 2018 or 2019 we can spend an early pick on a QB.

  • Steelers12

    is he the only QB in this draft you like

  • mokhkw

    Please god, not a Texas Tech QB. Anything but that…….

  • falconsaftey43

    That line of thinking definitely is a valid approach. Taking a QB in the 1st doesn’t help this year unless Ben gets hurt. I think 2 other things to consider though is who is available at a need position at 30 vs 62. Right now, I don’t see a huge difference between say the 3rd best edge rusher and the 10th best. Same with CB. Having two 3rd round picks also comes into play. Would be a really tough call to make if he is there at 30.

  • T3xassteelers

    Only QB I LOVE!! I do like Peterman and Webb as mid round guys though

  • T3xassteelers

    Haha you’re saying to trade up to draft Pat? Bold strategy Cotton (Albeit, I love the idea :D)

  • unfurious

    The smarts is what has me intrigued with Mohomes. My understanding is that he runs that offense, makes calls and changes at the line. On the downside, he throws way too many bad jump balls for my comfort. If he is smart and coach-able then a couple of years refining could be all he needs to become a force as a starter.

  • NW86

    Fair points. That said though, in your scenario, I’d still take the edge guy at 30. There are plenty of teams that need edge rushers, so even if there isn’t much difference from 3-10, there is still a chance that all 10 of them are off the board by 62. Edge is the one clear immediate need on this team.

  • T3xassteelers

    You’re right on the money. Kingsbury gave him the freedom past Tech QBs didn’t have in running the offense to entirety. Kingsbury even said he incorporated some NFL stuff into the offense such as handoffs, bootlegs, some snaps under center, etc. And him running the offense gave him some extra knowledge on how to read defenses rather than the coach saying to run this play and do it no matter what.

    But yes, he did throw a lot of risky throws but I think that was due more of the fact he knew he had to play superhero and try to win every game by scoring 70 points knowing that defense was so awful. Get him in an NFL lockeroom and coaching and some of those things will be fixed.

  • popsiclesticks

    I’d for real consider him at 1.30. He’s that talented and when do the Steelers get a chance to add a QB like that? When Ben retires, with the talent on this roster, they might go 6-10 or 7-9. You don’t get a top QB at 6-10 all that often.

  • popsiclesticks

    Check out some tape on him – he has arm talent like you wouldn’t believe. This guy can make throws that you didn’t know were actual throws. I’ve only seen Aaron Rodgers do it….not even Favre, who he typically gets compared to.

  • popsiclesticks

    If Mahomes is there and the Texans don’t take a QB, they are straight up morons.

  • popsiclesticks

    I get that line of thought but I think Mahomes is different. This is the deepest draft I have ever seen, I think….it at worst rivals 2014. If you go 4-12 in a bad year, you get Jake Locker. Like the Packers did with Rodgers, if you see a guy like this – he’s hard to pass on.

  • popsiclesticks

    Please God, not a Cal QB…..

    – NFL fans in 2005

    I remember when fans hated Big 10 RBs. Then Lev Bell and Zeke come along. Baylor WRs? Well then Josh Gordon comes along. Draft the player, not the school.

  • Brian Miller

    Me too, I really like pretty much eeveryone they have met with so far.

  • Spencer Krick

    I’m more just saying not to rule it out. We don’t know what kind of discussions there have been between Ben and the FO. His retirement might be closer than we’re assuming.

  • Spencer Krick

    If QBs start going fast, I wonder if the Texans panic and trade up for one.

  • Steelers12

    i will check it out after work thanks

  • T3xassteelers

    Yup, that’s very true. Time to start the grooming process!!

  • SoCal Steeler

    Not sure what the Steelers are thinking.regarding a QB. They would definitely know more than us how much longer Ben is going to play. If he told them only 2-3 more years I could see them drafting his replacement now.
    I’m not sure that all the hype doesn’t push Mahomes before 30 but if we did then they need to trade up in the 2nd for Edge. That’s an absolute must have.

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    We have to take Ben’s successor sometime in the next two drafts IMO.
    Gives the ‘new BEN’ like one or two seasons for acclimation and for development.
    We NEED to win this transition from Ben to the new guy – read on another site that the QB drought was 14 years last time (we had great Ds and RBs to make up the difference in a more run-oriented NFL, but the O’Donnels, etc killed any SB chances!).

  • NinjaMountie

    Maybe he’s the QB that leads us to 3 more SBs? I’m not saying he is as I think he’s a project but sitting can be good, and others pointed out with Rodgers.

  • PaeperCup

    His throwing motion is sooo unconventional, which a lot of people will hate, but to have the production he has while being not fundamentally sound is pretty astonishing. He’s like one of those guitar players that absolutely rip even though the guitar isn’t tuned correctly.

  • PaeperCup

    They do have $18mil invested in ossweiler though…

  • Applebite

    I think the system a player comes out of matters myself…

  • steelburg

    What does the comment you posted actually mean lol. “He can make throws that you didn’t know were actual throws”. I don’t think I ever heard anyone say that about a prospect. It sounds really good though I just don’t know what it actually means lol.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Pat Mahomes’ stock is soaring right now. I would not be a bit surprised if he got drafted at #10 (Buffalo) or #12 (Cleveland) or #13 (Arizona). And if he somehow happens to make it to 1.25 the Texans will run to the podium for him. I don’t see any way he makes it all the way down to 1.30.

    And for all the people who feel like we should wait until next year to draft Ben’s replacement…

    Do you have any idea how many picks it takes to move from the 30’s (which is where we easily could be drafting) up into the top 10 (which is where an elite QB usually goes)?

    Conclusion: The question is not which picks we have to trade to draft Mahomes. The question is whether he is the “real deal” or not. If he’s not, then don’t draft him. If he is, then spend whatever it takes. Just be RIGHT in your evaluations.

  • unfurious

    That’s why I think his future may be determined by who picks him. If he gets to sit, he can acclimate to the Pro game. If he goes to a desperate team, he may try to pick up where he left off with the miracle-making; likely with crushing results. He seems to be the kind of kid I’d like to see get a proper chance to succeed.

  • T3xassteelers

    Haha I love that comparison😂But yeah, some guys just play better with an odd motiOn/mechanics. Rivers and Rodgers are odd ones but they both make it work! Honestly, im scared some team is gonna try to “fix” his problems and end up making it worse. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!! (Though we won’t know if his mechanics right now will work.. but)

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    I’m starting to warm up to this guy. He needs a year or two to be broken of some bad habits but the tools are there.

  • T3xassteelers

    Yup. I do not want him to go to a team like the Jets, Niners, Browns as he will be looking to starting sometime his first season unless those teams realize he needs a season or 2 and sign a bridge QB like Taylor or Hoyer or someone.

    Perfect fits IMO:

    Steelers
    Chiefs
    Giants
    Saints

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    Was just going to mention Rivers. He almost shot puts the ball.

  • T3xassteelers

    To add on he’s only played QB since his junior year in HS, so he’s pretty new to the position.

  • unfurious

    Throwing motion is a double-edged sword. If he is accurate and isn’t going to take years off his arm the way he does it, then leave well enough alone. Being accurate from multiple arm angles will make him just more dangerous and versatile. He needs to be able to clear the LOS without getting every 3rd pass swatted down. So really, right now, I just need to know if he can bring it over the top when he has to? Remember, when a 5-year starter throws one from the hip, we say he’s mastering his position. It really just comes down to effectiveness and strain. Personally, I love that he can drop back half a step and sling a bullet from the hip to the slot before the D can blink. YAC guys are gonna love him just for that.

  • T3xassteelers

    Haha where he’s from, he lives about 2 hours from Houston too. Match made in heaven if I ever saw one… (though they didn’t take Vince Young and he is from Houston)

  • unfurious

    Do you think the Giants are ready for an heir? I always figured that Eli would have a longer shelf life than Ben just because of the extreme wear and tear Ben has endured.

  • T3xassteelers

    YUP! I get it, Tech QBs suck in the league.. But it’s just lazy to say, without looking at tape, that he’s just like all the rest. Trends are meant to be broken

  • T3xassteelers

    Okay then why did Goff go #1 out of the same type of system? Same with Rodgers?

  • Steve

    Mahomes is the only QB i like in this draft. If we get the chance at 1-30 we need to jump on him as Bens replacement. Mahomes had a terrible OL and still did well.

  • Steve

    Mahomes throws side arm, many, many times on the run to his left and right. Throws across his body. Look at the tape and that will show the ability of his arm.

  • Steve

    The Texans were morons to bring in Brock Osweiler for 72 mil for 4 years.

  • T3xassteelers

    I’m thinking he may have 3 years or so but I keep hearing his name and Giants coming up recently. Eli hasn’t exactly played great past few years so who knows what happens haha

  • Steelers12

    I want pass rush and corner 1st 3 rounds

  • SilverSteel

    Hate to say it, but if we do not win the SB this year Ben retires.

  • Ike Evans

    If BA doesnt retire……this kid would be an animal in his system….ours too but of course hed be sitting a lil while

  • mokhkw

    There’s a reason why TT QBs always fail in the NFL, they aren’t taught proper QB techniques & it then takes years to undo all the bad habits they have formed before you even get to see if they have anything.

    As for comparing QBs to RBs or WRs, you can’t. Simply put, TT ruins QBs when it comes to having NFL careers and it’s been that way for decades.

  • mokhkw

    Isn’t it just as lazy to say this TT QB will succeed when he shares the same problems that every TT QB before him has had?

  • mokhkw

    Because they were at least taught some sound techniques & discouraged from continually repeating bad QB habits.

    Mahomes raises his back leg when throwing, crosses over incorrectly when dropping back, has a narrow base, switches feet before throwing, doesn’t step into throws…..read about any TT QB from the past & they all basically say the same thing.

  • Durango Snowman

    I’d be inclined to take him in the 1st if we still thought we could get the necessary edge rusher in the second. As a long time steeler fan I remember the decades we spent without a franchise QB. We had so many Super Bowl quality squads except for a QB that would break our hearts. Who knows how long Ben wants to play and how long he can play either from getting broken or his skill set just dropping off a bit. If they think this kid can be an eventual replacement, lets get him have him get trained up for three years and then continue this roll of always being in the SB discussion

  • The Truth

    What? The guy is a huge project and you want to use the first pick on him? He will be a journey man QB in the NFL.

  • The Truth

    But not accurate in the pocket. He will struggle in a pro-set offense.

    You were most likely a Vince Young fan too? Texas and all?

  • The Truth

    Mahomes is another Vince Young.

  • popsiclesticks

    Bud Dupree was a huge project. A lot of players are “huge projects”. Who will be a star? Just give me the one player that will be a star so I can hope we pick him.

  • popsiclesticks

    Yep – if a guy can throw accurately, I don’t care about his motion. Rodgers rarely throws “properly”. I’ve always thought Stafford must have a shoulder injury. The ball still gets where it needs to go…this isn’t a Tebow situation.

  • popsiclesticks

    I’ve never judged a QB prospect on his ability to throw a corner route 40 yards down the field sidearm across his body while falling backwards. Stuff like that.

  • popsiclesticks

    One more year and they get to wake up from that particular nightmare.

  • popsiclesticks

    Which top QB prospect have they ruined? You’re saying that this guy can’t play in the NFL because 6th round pick Graham Harrell couldn’t?

    The reason Texas A&M QBs failed in the NFL was because there was like two of them, they went to A&M because they were scrubs and were completely thought of as system guys. They said the SAME THINGS about Tedford QBs because Kyle Boller sucked.

    The last QB drafted before them was Billy Joe Tolliver in the damn 80s and he played 10 seasons in the NFL. There was nobody to ruin.

  • Brandon Campbell

    Is he really that good?? I’m from Lubbock TX and we’ve had QBs come through there that could light up a score board including the current coach Cliff Kingsbury who was a QB there at one time. I think that he’s production is more a via the system….None of the QBS have panned out in the NFL…

  • SilverSteel

    Vince Young could have thrived on the right team with proper caching and mentoring. Mahomes has unbelievable arm talent. We would be lucky to land him this draft. IMO

  • SilverSteel

    Yes, but a guy who has the arm talent that Mahommes has, can pick up the rest as a backup to BB. He makes throws that no other college QB can make in this draft.

  • SilverSteel

    And Ben will get hurt at some point.

  • SilverSteel

    It is worrisome that he is talking retirement at all. If he loses his edge like he had in his younger years (and I think in some ways, he already has), we need to get his replacement if Mahommes falls to 30. I want the edge guy badly, but this draft is super deep at that spot.

  • SilverSteel

    Me too, but this draft is super deep at both positions. You cant pass on Mahommes or McCafrey in the first IMO.

  • SilverSteel

    Journeyman? He has size, leadership, intelligence, talent, strength. He will be a star in this league and soon. (Unless he goes to the Browns of course). Take a closer look at his tape. He has it all and what he does not have (mechanics) is easily correctable with a competent QB coach and BB mentoring.

  • T3xassteelers

    Did you see the Baylor game? You literally couldnt be more accurate from the pocket. He had the worst line in the nation so it was RARE to get a full second to stay in the pocket without it collapsing.

  • T3xassteelers

    There’s exception to every rule. Mahomes has only been playing QB for 5 years now (junior year in HS) so he’s still pretty new to it. The previous air raid QBs are typically smaller (6’1″ 200 like a Graham Harrell). Harrell was on pretty stacked teams whereas Mahomes’ team would have lost every game had it not been for him. Hell, he threw for 734 yards in a game and still lost while scoring 59 points. Their record when score 50 or more was something stupid like 3-5. He’s not your typical air raid QB. He’s got arm strength when most air raid have noodle arms and the system can cover that concern.

  • Steelers12

    where would McCafrey play

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    Yes I remember several bitime college QBs out of TTU that did not pan out in the NFL, including Kingsbury.
    This is NOT supposed to be a great QB class so I am not completely sold yet on QBs but this weekend will def help clarify some things.
    It’s just funny to hear the description of his play (I didn’t see him play in college) – sounds sooooo much like Ben!!

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    Possibly. I wouldn’t count on him beyond two more years for sure.
    And. Ertainly nit for another 3-5 years as I have read some people say.

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    Exactly. “a year or two” would segue right into BBs retirement!!
    Perfect!!!

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    It’s quite possible, particularly if he gets banged up/injured again and they don’t make the playoffs or are a quick flameout. My feeling is two more years.

  • SilverSteel

    An extra receiver, rotate at RB, KR – PR, two RB sets. He looks super versatile and we could be less predictable on offense. But I get what your saying. If Bell gets signed, Tomlin is super stubborn when it comes to rotating RBs like the rest of the league does. So, we may not make room for him. I hate to pass on someone like him due to the way we have injuries on this team. He would be another Bell and we may not have to run Bell into the ground like this year. He can’t carry us all season again.

    He could fill in at WR and RB and do PR, KR. Toussaint is not a great option and D Will is past his prime. I would rather have Mahommes though at #1 to secure our future. I am really high on him. Super high ceiling despite the mechanics supposed issue.

  • Steelers12

    Yeah but we need pass rushing and corners

  • The Truth

    Dupree is a LB and isn’t close to being the project Mahomes will be. Also, Dupree is still unproven.

    Can you think of any huge QB projects that have done very well in the NFL?

  • popsiclesticks

    Define project. Cam Newton was a project, no? Pat Mahomes throws accurate passes all over the field – most “project QBs” do not. Blake Bortles never did that. Jake Locker never did that. Philip Rivers has never had good mechanics.

    How many “project QBs” threw as accurately as Mahomes? Zero, ever?

  • The Truth

    Huge difference between LBs and QBs.

    Young had a high accuracy rate.

    Kingsbury was accurate too. Couch, Ware, Manziel, Harrell, Tebow…

    Air raid QBs have not done well in the NFL. Mahomes is a product of the system.