5 prospects the Vikings should target on Day 2 of the 2021 NFL Draft
By Nik Edlund
Kellen Mond – QB (Texas A&M)
Kellen Mond wasn’t a player anyone expected to go in the first round of the draft, but he’s probably going to be highly sought after once the clock begins ticking again on Friday night.
A handful of teams are still looking to improve their quarterback depth chart and the Vikings are certainly one of those because, as of right now, the only backups on their roster are guys who were on the practice squad last season.
Mond has cannon of an arm and he can really sling the ball down the field. He can also make plays with his legs, running for first downs and the occasional red-zone touchdown.
What will make Mond especially attractive to NFL teams is that he’s very experienced. He’s been playing in the SEC for four seasons and he’s faced some of the best competition college football has to offer.
He’s pro-ready and he will likely hear his name called sometime on Day 2 of the draft to a team that is looking to have their future at the position on their roster. One team that definitely fills that mold is Minnesota.
The Vikings haven’t re-signed Sean Mannion and they currently don’t have a backup behind Kirk Cousins. Mond is way more talented than Mannion and he brings that added element of mobility. He’d be an exciting option as the team’s primary backup in 2021 and he would also give them some hope that he could potentially develop into the long-term solution under center.