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Kellen Mond NFL Draft 2021: Scouting Report for Minnesota Vikings QB

BR NFL Scouting DepartmentContributor IMay 1, 2021

Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond (11) takes a snap against LSU during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Sam Craft)
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HEIGHT:
 6'2 5/8"

WEIGHT: 211

      

POSITIVES

— Above-average height with long arms.

— Flashes of a beautiful, tight spiral to all three levels. Can deliver deep balls on a line and intermediate field throws don't have dip.

— Good, smooth athlete. Plays with bounce and lightness in his feet and can accelerate quickly.

— Tough mindset and is willing to stand strong in the pocket and take hits with the ball in his hands.

— When he's throwing on time and in rhythm, he will get hot with his accuracy.

       

NEGATIVES

— Has been overcoached in some areas and can feel robotic in progressions and mechanics.

— Struggles to consistently throw with touch. Throws are all essentially different flavors of line drive. Accuracy can come and go.

— Way too often will get locked into his read and try to jam throws into a crowd of defenders.

— Play feels chaotic after the ball is snapped. Doesn't have natural feel in the pocket, and his mental clock doesn't move as quickly as it should. 

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— Slight build, especially his lower body. Is a good athlete but isn't a dynamic runner because of average contact balance and lateral quickness. 

      

2020 STATISTICS

10 G, 188-of-297 (63.3%), 2,282 YDS, 19 TD, 3 INT

74 ATT, 294 YDS, 4 TD

      

OVERALL

Kellen Mond is a tough and athletic QB who throws beautiful deep balls with flashes of accuracy and to all three levels, but inconsistency in his play limits even his strengths. Mond has a tendency to be robotic in his play, not just mechanically but also in his mental processing. He will hang on reads and "wish" his receivers open, sometimes throwing balls late or attempting to jam a line drive into a crowd of defenders. Mond's accuracy is tied into his anticipation: If he sees his first read opening how he had planned in his head, he will consistently deliver beautiful, tight spirals with good arm strength.

When things go differently, he can turn into a bit of a chaotic player who has trouble putting throws where he wants them, and he lacks the touch to be more creative with his ball placement. Mond is a good, smooth athlete who can eat up yards with his strides but doesn't make a lot of defenders miss in the open field, and while he plays tough, his slight build raises questions about his durability and play strength.

Overall, Mond will benefit from being in a situation where less is more and he can narrow down his progressions to be more manageable. He is a smooth mover who has enough flashes and the work ethic and toughness that he projects to be an intriguing backup at the NFL level who will need a lot of time and the right situation to improve on his overall consistency to ascend to anything more. 

        

GRADE: 7.1/10 (Spot starter, 4th round)

OVERALL RANK: 152/300

POSITION RANK: QB8

PRO COMPARISON: Akili Smith

     

Written by B/R NFL Scout Nate Tice