The Arizona Cardinals continued their search for a quarterback of the future Thursday as the team reportedly paid a visit to Lubbock, Texas to watch one of the NFL Draft's top passers workout.
According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, the Cardinals sent a contingent to quarterback Patrick Mahomes' workout Thursday that included head coach Bruce Arians and team owner Michael Bidwill.
Mahomes is considered one of the top four quarterbacks in this year's draft, and joins an elite group that includes Clemson's Deshaun Watson, Notre Dame's DeShone Kizer and North Carolina's Mitch Trubisky. The Cardinals reportedly sent quarterbacks' coach Byron Leftwich to Trubisky's Pro Day in Chapel Hill, North Carolina earlier this week.
The Cardinals are expected to take a long look at all of the signal-callers in this year's draft, but Mahomes is an especially intriguing candidate because he has many of the tools a coach like Arians needs his quarterbacks to possess. Mahomes is probably the most unpredictable quarterback of the quartet expected to be taken near the top of the draft, but he has a massive arm, outstanding feel for the pocket and a gunslinger's mentality that might just make him a natural fit for Arians' offense.
Though Mahomes ran just a 4.80-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, his marks in the 3-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle proved he has strong quick-twitch abilities and he proved time and time again at Texas Tech that he could escape the pocket with ease and torment defenses with his feet.
In Mahomes' final season at Texas Tech, the Red Raiders' quarterback threw 41 touchdowns compared to just 10 interceptions and logged 5,052 passing yards.
Mahomes didn't become the the Red Raiders' full-time starter until his sophomore season, but in his second campaign with the program, he tossed 36 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.
The Cardinals have the 13th overall selection in this year's NFL Draft, and Mahomes, Watson and the other two quarterbacks considered first-round talents will certainly receive plenty of consideration from Arizona in the weeks ahead.