LSU Football: What Patrick Mahomes loves about Clyde Edwards-Helaire

LSU Football running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images)
LSU Football running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images) /

LSU football’s Clyde Edwards-Helaire will play alongside Patrick Mahomes in Kansas City in 2020.

When the Kansas City Chiefs selected LSU football‘s Clyde Edwards-Helaire with the No. 32 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, my first reaction was “this is absolutely perfect”.

It turns out my thought process wasn’t unique.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was hoping Edwards-Helaire would land in Kansas City.

Before the draft, Chiefs general manager Brett Veach texted Mahomes and asked him which skill position player Kansas City should take.

Mahomes simply replied “Clyde”.

Imagine being Edwards-Helaire and having Mahomes, the reigning Super Bowl MVP, saying that he wants you on the team.

I can’t imagine a bigger compliment.

What does Patrick Mahomes like about Clyde Edwards-Helaire?

There was a reason that Mahomes replied to Veach’s text with Edwards-Helaire’s name. And it wasn’t because the LSU running back was fresh on his mind from the national championship game in January.

It was because Mahomes recognized attributes in Edwards-Helaire that he believed could help the Chiefs win games.

“The first thing that stood out about Clyde was when the competition and the games got bigger, it seemed like he played better,” said Mahomes recently (via The Athletic). 

Mahomes added “I always love guys that can rise to the competition, and whenever you’re on the biggest stage you play your best football. The way he’s able to catch the ball out of the backfield but still be able to run rough between the tackles, you can tell he’s a high-character guy”.

If Mahomes is a fan, then you know this pairing is going to work.

Edwards-Helaire and Kansas City are essentially a match made in heaven (one analyst even compared the former LSU standout to Chiefs legend Priest Holmes).

Unsurprisingly, Kansas City head coach Andy Reid is already adding some special screen plays for Edwards-Helaire to the playbook, according to The Athletic. 

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It’s always fun to see former LSU players end up in great situations. And there’s not a better place that Edwards-Helaire could’ve landed than in Kansas City.