Another team was reportedly set to draft Kellen Mond before Vikings did

(Photo by Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports) Kellen Mond
(Photo by Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports) Kellen Mond /

According to a recent report, the Houston Texans were going to draft Kellen Mond this year before the Minnesota Vikings took him off the board.

With their first selection in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings raised a few eyebrows when they used the pick on former Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond.

Mond is the first signal-caller to be selected by the Vikings in the first three rounds of a draft since they grabbed Teddy Bridgewater in 2014. The expectations for the former Texas A&M passer are still unknown at this point, but one has to assume Minnesota believes he has the potential to emerge as their next starter.

Luckily, the Vikings decided to use their first pick in the third round and not their second since Mond was reportedly going to be selected by another team right after Minnesota took him off the board with the No. 66 pick.

Minnesota Vikings rookie quarterback Kellen Mond almost ended up with the Houston Texans

If not for the Vikings drafting him with their top pick in the third round, Mond was reportedly going to be selected by the Houston Texans according to the Pioneer Press’ Chris Tomasson on Tuesday.

So if Minnesota went with a different prospect at pick No. 66 instead of Mond, the former Texas A&M quarterback was going to be gone by the time the Vikings were back on the clock in the third round with pick No. 78.

If Mond was no longer available, but Minnesota still wanted to draft a quarterback this year, they would’ve had to choose from guys like Davis Mills, Ian Book, and Sam Ehlinger. If these were some of the quarterback prospects left for the Vikings to pick, then they might have finished this year’s draft without even selecting a new signal-caller.

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So it’s a good thing Minnesota picked Mond when they did, or else they wouldn’t have wound up with a quarterback prospect that some of their scouts liked just as much as former Ohio State pass Justin Fields.