Four prospects for third string Browns quarterback
Kellen Mond, the draft enigma
The number one enigma in this draft may be Kellen Mond. Mond is rated all over the place, from Day 3 to the first round. The highly respected Chris Simms likes Mond, which has caused several mocks to bump him up. Otherwise, most mocks seemed to have hated him.
Why not in the first round? Check out his stats.19 touchdowns against three interceptions and 760 yards between interceptions playing for a team that was not as powerful as Alabama. It’s very impressive that defenders needed 760 yards to pick him off.
He also ran a 4.57 40-yard dash and has a rocket for an arm. What exactly do you need to see?
Hence Mond is listed here as a potential candidate for third-string quarterback, meaning that there’s at least a credible chance, according to some of the national experts, that he might stay on the boards untill day three, even though this analyst does not believe it. In reality, Mond may be desirable to a team like the Patriots, who might grab him as early as Round 1.
Everyone is feeling sorry for the Patriots, thinking they need to move up for Mac Jones or trade for Jimmy Garoppolo. My pet theory is that the narratives concerning Jones and Jimmy G are both Shanahan mind games invented to take the minds of the Jets’ front office off the fact that Justin Fields is better than Zach Wilson. When you stop and think about it, nobody seems to be making that comparison, which should be the most natural one to make.
Above all else, Mond is an accurate passer who played for a winning program in the SEC.
If, however, the rest of the sportswriters are right and for some incomprehensible reason he survives until Round 4, the Browns may have to take a kid like this even though they should probably take a linebacker or guard in Round 4.
By the same token, Kyle Trask does not make the list of potential third-string QBs, since most observers believe he will be gone by the end of day two. Trask’s insane 43/8 TD/INT ratio and 535 YDs/INT ratio as a senior cause many evaluators to project him as a first-round pick. He has great size as well, at 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds.
If you want to ding Mond, you could complain about his size, 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds in the Senior Bowl. Recall that Baker Mayfield was listed at 6′ 5/8 of an inch and 215 pounds, and the press thought that he was tiny.