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Patrick Mahomes laughs about his ESPN college quarterback ranking

LUBBOCK, TX - OCTOBER 22: Patrick Mahomes II #5 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders runs with the ball during the game against the Oklahoma Sooners on October 22, 2016 at AT&T Jones Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. Oklahoma won the game 66-59. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)
LUBBOCK, TX - OCTOBER 22: Patrick Mahomes II #5 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders runs with the ball during the game against the Oklahoma Sooners on October 22, 2016 at AT&T Jones Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. Oklahoma won the game 66-59. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images) /
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Patrick Mahomes is the best quarterback in the NFL, but he wasn’t on the same level in college, at least according to ESPN. 

Bill Connelly of ESPN wrote an article where he picked the best college quarterbacks of the 2000s (must be an ESPN+ subscriber to read the whole article). Patrick Mahomes made the list but was very close to not making the cut, coming in at No. 54 out of a total of 60 spots.

While Mahomes has seemed bothered by rankings in the past (coming in at No. 4 on the Top 100 Players got to him), this one he reacted to in a different way. He simply joked about it on Twitter.

Matt Miller tagged Mahomes in a tweet with his ranking and blurb written about him. Mahomes responded by cracking a joke about not even making the top 50.

https://twitter.com/PatrickMahomes/status/1365355905198534663?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1365355905198534663%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Ffansided.com%2F2021%2F02%2F26%2Fpatrick-mahomes-espn-quarterback-ranking%2F

Patrick Mahomes wasn’t quite the same player he is now while at Texas Tech.

Mahomes was a lot of fun to watch in college and that’s why many were excited when the Kansas City Chiefs drafted him. But facts are facts and Mahomes wasn’t a winner in college. He went just 12-13 as a starter despite putting up gaudy numbers as the Red Raiders’ signal-caller.

Of course, the biggest moment of Mahomes’ collegiate career was when he went toe-to-toe with Baker Mayfield of the Oklahoma Sooners, and the two combined for 1,279 passing yards. Mahomes threw for 739 yards while attempting 88 passes (!!!!) and threw for five touchdowns. He accounted for 819 total yards in the loss, a 66-59 defeat that has lived on in college football history and will for quite some time.

Mahomes was never helped out by his defense during his days in Lubbock and that led to his losing college record. It also made fans and analysts skeptical about if he could win at the professional level, which we’ve all seen he can.

Personally, Mahomes being ranked at 54 doesn’t bother me and it shouldn’t bother Chiefs fans. Mahomes wasn’t a huge name in college and the only reason he probably made this list was because of what he’s done in the NFL and that game he played against Oklahoma in 2016.

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Mahomes was right to laugh this off and not let it get to him. He’s made a name for himself as the quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs, winning an MVP in 2018 and a Super Bowl in 2019. He’s already accomplished what so many quarterbacks dream of accomplishing and he’s only 25 years old.