Kellen Mond will be one of the many quarterbacks selected between Day 2 and 3 of the 2021 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-3 signal caller played in 10 games as a freshman in 2017, where he completed 51.5% of his passes for 1,375 yards, eight touchdowns, and six interceptions. He also was effective on the ground with 340 rushing yards and three scores. In 2018, Mond took the next steps in his development as a dual-threat quarterback. He completed 57.3% of his passes for 3,107 yards, 24 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. The San Antonio native added 474 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.
As a junior in 2019, the dual-threat quarterback turned in another solid season under center for the Aggies. Mond completed 61.6% of his passes for 2,897 yards, 20 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. He also added a career-high 501 rushing yards and eight touchdowns.
For his final season in College Station, TX, Mond helped the Aggies to a 9-1 record and had them on the cusp of possibly making the College Football Playoff. The 6-foot-3 quarterback completed 63.3% of his passes (career-high) for 2,282 yards, 19 touchdowns, and three ints. He also recorded 294 rushing yards (career-low) for four touchdowns. Mond ended his four-year college career with 93 total touchdowns, which tied him with Johnny Manziel. He also accepted an invite and participated in the Senior Bowl.
Mond is not your prototypical dual-threat quarterback, in that he does not look to run when the pocket/play breaks own. The 6-foot-3 signal caller will more times than not, stand tall in the pocket and try to make a play. However, do not sleep on Mond’s ability to run as he’s a dangerous plus-1 (a term coined by Emory Hunt’s Football Gameplan) in the running game.
The former Texas A&M quarterback will likely be selected on Day 2 of the 2021 NFL Draft and could be a tremendous value pick for a team looking for a young QB. Mond played in a pro-style offense at A&M under head coach Jimbo Fisher over the last three years. He has a quick delivery and displays solid arm strength, especially when he throws on the run.
However, Mond’s accuracy goes out the window sometimes when his feet is not set in the pocket. Along those same lines, the San Antonio native’s pocket awareness could be better. When Mond feels pressure in the pocket, he sometimes try to stay in the pocket too long or tries to escape at the last moment.
With the right staff and quarterback coach, Mond’s pocket awareness can be worked on at the next level. Outside of those weaknesses, Mond is a solid quarterback that can make the short throws and will go through his progressions. Sometimes, he gets locked onto his wide receivers, which leads to interceptions. But he’s done a good job taking care of the football and improving his accuracy over the last four years in College Station.
Mock Draft landing spots
The former Texas A&M standout should be drafted on Day 2 of the 2021 NFL Draft, after we see a run on quarterbacks in Round 1. Various mock drafts have Mond being selected by the Carolina Panthers and Houston Texans. Other teams that could use a developmental QB are the Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, Chicago Bears, Tennessee Titans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Seattle Seahawks.
Fantasy impact: Rookie year
Mond will not have much of a fantasy impact his rookie year as he’ll likely be a backup signal caller this upcoming season. The only way he sees the field is if a quarterback gets hurt or benched for poor play.
Fantasy impact: Career
In regards to his career, Mond will likely begin as a backup quarterback/streamer option in fantasy football. However, there are skills and intangibles that make you believe he can be a quality NFL starting quarterback.