The Chiefs are unveiling top pick Patrick Mahomes in Denver on Sunday with their division title and fourth overall postseason seed secure, Andy Reid announced Wednesday.
Mahomes, whom the Chiefs traded up 17 spots to select No. 10 overall, has yet to take a regular-season snap, as Alex Smith has authored a career year in his 13th season.
But Smith has no guaranteed money remaining on his contract, and specualation has run rampant from the moment Kansas City sent the 27th overall pick and a 2018 first-rounder to Buffalo to move up and nab its potential future of the franchise that the clock is ticking on the incumbent Smith.
Reid confirmed many younger players will get extended action in the finale, meaning Mahomes may not have the benefit of working with Pro Bowlers Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill and Kareem Hunt and one of the league's better offensive lines.
But the job security of Broncos rookie head coach Vance Joseph may hinge in part on Sunday, so Mahomes is likely to get a full taste of a dangerous and star-laden Denver 'D.'
The former Texas Tech standout and rocket-armed Mahomes' starting debut will also mark a great opportunity for red-hot offensive coordinator Matt Nagy. Reid turning over play-calling duties to Nagy has sparked Kansas City's offense in December and increased Nagy's profile as a potential head-coaching candidate this offseason.
The chance to show what he can do with the raw but immensely talented Mahomes could provide another strong resume piece for Nagy. His reemphasis on Hunt and dialing up shot plays for Smith has been part of a Chiefs offensive resurgence including averaging 30.75 points over the past month — up seven points over the previous four games.