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Does Kellen Mond have what it takes to be Washington’s QB of the future?

Hogs Haven takes a look at 2021 NFL Draft prospects that could contribute to the WFT

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Kellen Mond, QB
School: Texas A&M | Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior | Age: 21
Height / Weight: 6’3” / 217 lbs
Projected Draft Status: Round 3-4

College Statistics

Player Overview

Coming out of high school, Mond was rated the top QB prospect in Florida (and 13th in the nation), and was considered among the top “dual threat” QBs in the country after rushing for 775 yards and 18 TDs. Mond started 8 games as a true freshman at Texas A&M in 2017. In 2018, he started all 13 games and achieved a 134.99 QB rating, finishing 6th in the SEC in passing yards. In addition to throwing for over 3,000 yards and 24 TDs, he rushed for over 470 yards and 7 more TDs.

As a junior, Mond again started the full season, blowing out weak competition like Texas State, Lamar, and Mississippi State, but struggling badly against top competition like Clemson, Alabama, and Georgia. Mond started 10 games as a senior, this past season, and though Texas A&M went 9-1 for the year, Mond’s play was again up and down, throwing for under 150 yards each against Mississippi State and LSU. He finished his career at A&M with the team records for career passing TDs (71), passing yards (9,429), completions (785), attempts (1,332) and total offense (11,001).

Strengths

  • Strong arm, ability to throw a nice deep ball. Able to effortlessly throw ropes.
  • Good timing, decisive passer.
  • Has a reasonable ability to read defenses.
  • Not afraid to throw into tight windows.
  • Generally, good eye discipline.
  • Good escapability. Dynamic athlete.

Weaknesses

  • Needs to refine footwork.
  • Can be a bit stiff at times.
  • Will stare down WRs occasionally.
  • Has taken a lot of hits in college.
  • Will likely need at least a year of development in the pros.

Let’s See His Work

How He Would Fit

With Washington signing Ryan Fitzpatrick to a one-year deal, and adding him to a QB room with Kyle Allen and Taylor Heinicke, it’s my belief that the pressure is off to find a rookie who can compete for the starting job immediately. That was a great decision by Ron Rivera and his cadre of former GMs, and lays the foundation for a move like taking Mond or Davis Mills at the end of Day 2 or early on Day 3.

While Mond has an NFL-caliber arm and the athleticism necessary to succeed at the pro level, his accuracy and, occasionally, his decision making, have to improve in order for him to be anything other than a career back-up in the NFL. Given that completion percentage (and, particularly, completion percentage over expected) is one of the best predictors of NFL success among college QBs, I have serious concerns about Mond’s prospects in the League. Certainly, without at least a year or two of tutelage from Fitzpatrick, Turner, and Zampese, there’s not reason to expect much from the young QB. In the plus column, Chris Simms has Mond rated more highly than Justin Fields and Trey Lance, impressed especially by his arm strength and decision making.

Mond’s pro day will be March 30th, and it will be interesting to see if WFT staff, particularly Scott Turner, show up to watch him.

2022 Note: Keep an eye on Ainias Smith (WR) next year. This guy is special.

Poll

Are you interested in seeing the WFT take a chance on Kellen Mond on Day 2 or 3?

This poll is closed

  • 8%
    Yes, in Round 2.
    (115 votes)
  • 35%
    Yes, in Round 3.
    (494 votes)
  • 35%
    Yes, in Round 4.
    (499 votes)
  • 9%
    Yes, later.
    (134 votes)
  • 11%
    No.
    (169 votes)
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