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Texas Tech QB Mahomes declares for NFL Draft

Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes

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It’s official: Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes is declaring for the NFL Draft. The junior will forgo his final season of eligibility in order to take part in the draft.

The timing makes sense. He’s ranked as the No. 5 quarterback prospect by ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. and received a second-round grade from the draft advisory committee.

“I know this program, with the people we’ve brought in and the plan we’ve put in place, there’s a really good chance to make a run at the Big 12 in this next season and the near future,” Mahomes said. “It was a really hard decision for me, but it’s always been a dream to play professional sports, and the dream of going through college and wanting to be an NFL player is always what drove me.”

Mahomes leaves as the No. 3 passer in Texas Tech history with 11,252 career passing yards. Since he became starting quarterback late in the 2014 season, he has produced 12,097 total yards of offense and 115 touchdowns. Just this season, he broke several FBS, Big 12, and Texas Tech records when he produced 819 total yards and completed 52 passes on 88 attempts against Oklahoma.

“Our staff is excited for Patrick’s future in the NFL,” Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury said in a statement. “He is a tremendous talent and the sky is the limit for him moving forward. We wish him nothing but the best.”

Nic Shimonek is expected to be Mahomes’ successor at Texas Tech. Shimonek, an Iowa transfer, will be a senior next season. He threw for 464 yards and six touchdowns as Tech’s backup this past season.

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