SF 49ers Target No. 1: Kellen Mond, Texas A&M
It’s somewhat hard to gauge where Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond will go in the 2021 NFL Draft. There’s a good chance his stock rises all the way into Round 2, depending on how much teams like his dual-threat capabilities.
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He won’t wow with a lofty completion percentage. But Mond does a good job protecting the ball, tossing just two interceptions this year, and it’s important to include his 700 rushing yards from the last two seasons.
At 6-foot-3 and 217 pounds, Mond has a frame built to withstand some hard hits, and he doesn’t shy away from taking a hit to make a play. Even if that meant to scramble outside of the pocket to extend it.
While Mond does have those upsides, his abilities as a pocket passer simply aren’t there, and an NFL head coach will likely need to scheme open players for him to be truly effective at the pro level. Mond isn’t totally adept at reading progressions and can struggle when his primary option is covered.
Those traits could drop his draft stock well down into day three.
Still, he makes those tosses with great anticipation and doesn’t hesitate when his target is open or about to be open. That, combined with his dual-threat abilities, could help open up the SF 49ers to a greater degree on offense in coming years.