What The Experts Have to Say About Kellen Mond, The Minnesota Vikings’ Third Round Pick (pt. 1)
In the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft, The Minnesota Vikings have selected QB Kellen Mond. Here is what the experts have to say.
Pro Football Focus – 84th Prospect
“Mond has the tools to hack it as a starter in the league, but we’ve rarely seen the high end on his tape over three seasons as a starter. His 81.3 passing grade with Texas A&M this past season was the highest of his career.”
The Draft Network – 99th Prospect
“From a statistical standpoint, Kellen Mond is one of the most prolific players to not only play in College Station, but also the SEC. He’s a slim, but adequately built quarterback prospect who possesses lots of velocity with throws when able to step into them. With a high-elbow but snappy type of release, he has the torque and enthusiasm behind passes that enables him to be very efficient in the short to intermediate areas. Mond always displays high levels of poise as he often shows that he’s never in a hurry. From his mechanics to how he deals with pressure surrounding him, he remains under control and focused on the task at hand. He’s one of the most battled-tested throwers in the country as he takes an excruciating amount of hits throughout games but continues to battle and make throws. The often occurrence of shots to his body has helped him better deal with pressure from all directions inside the pocket. He’s mainly a half-field read thrower that can get the ball out quickly and efficiently when on schedule.”
TVG‘s Instant Reaction:
It’s a relatively shocking move for our Vikings. I predicted that they’d snag their backup QB in this draft, even identifying Mond as a specific player to keep in mind. What’s surprising is that they decided to make this move so high in the draft. Mond will be the backup QB in 2021 and will have the capacity to challenge Kirk Cousins for the starting role in a couple seasons.