KANSAS CITY, MO. — Before Brett Veach selected Clyde Edwards-Helaire in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft last week, Veach called his quarterback and asked him to say a name off the top of his head.
Patrick Mahomes said, "Clyde."
"When the competition and games got bigger, it seems like he played better," Mahomes said via a Zoom call with reporters on Friday. "I always love guys that can rise to the competition and whenever you're on the biggest stage, you play your best football."
Edwards-Helaire was certainly on the biggest stage last season, his junior season at LSU. The Tigers rolled to an undefeated 15-0 college football national championship.
Mahomes also likes the receiving skills of his new running back.
"The way he's able to catch the ball out of the backfield and be able to run tough between the tackles," Mahomes said.
Veach didn't need Mahomes' blessing on the pick, but what the GM was thinking, Mahomes was thinking.
"'Clyde' was the first name that came to mind, and I know we have a great running back room already. So bringing him in, I know he'll fit right in," he said.