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Mond's an accurate QB in the short to intermediate areas of the field and thrives on driving the ball in to his receivers in tight windows. Often hits his receivers in between the numbers and/or in stride. Shows questionable decision-making from time to time. Takes care of the football for the most part, but will occasionally try forcing the ball into double coverage underneath. Shows a good capacity for progressing through his reads and then has the required arm strength to drive it to that player. Doesn't snap his head around or constantly reset his feet as he's bouncing through his progressions, but does show the ability to quickly go through his progressions and get to the third or sometimes fourth read. The ball pops out of his hand. Loves to stripe it in at every level of the field. The ball has some heat as it hits his receivers in stride on slants, etc. which is a good sign that he'll be able to send it sideline to sideline in the NFL. However, he lacks refinement when sending it deep downfield. Throws a bullet even deep and needs to develop touch on his throws downfield. Solid pocket presence and is willing to stand in and deliver the ball, even in the face of pressure. Very few examples of him navigating and stepping up through the pocket though. Funky throwing motion. Has his secondary arm up all the time, but the ball comes out clean consistently, so it's hard to dock him for it. When he's throwing from a solid platform, his accuracy is outstanding and the ball pops out of his hands. When he's pressured or unable to step up completely, the throws wobble quite a bit. This is to be expected, but when he is given time, he's throwing with beautiful mechanics consistently. Good throwing ability on the run as well. Solid improvisation skills and he has the athleticism to extend plays. Will to tuck the ball and pick up additional yardage with his legs if the throw isn't there. Would prefer to see additional examples of keeping his eyes up when breaking the pocket to see if something else opens up though. Tends to drop his head and commit solely to running. Not a huge issue, but something that can add an additional layer to his dual-threat capabilities. Good poise and willingness to stand in under pressure. Doesn't shy away and will often wait until the last possible second before releasing the ball, even if it does mean taking a shot. Good athlete and has enough athleticism and speed that A&M used him on QB Powers occasionally. He won't be used as a runner frequently in the NFL, but he does have the ability to get out and create on the run if he's forced to. Overall, Mond's an intriguing developmental prospect that still needs refinement, especially in the deep passing game. He should be able to step in as a solid backup QB right away and potentially take over a starting role down the road.
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Kellen Mond throws for 53 yards, adds 25 rushing yards in Preseason Week 1
Minnesota Vikings rookie QB Kellen Mond completed 6-of-16 pass attempts for 53 yards and rushed five times for 25 yards in a 33-6 loss against the Denver Broncos in preseason Week 1 on Saturday.
Mond logged only three practices after coming off the league's Reserve/COVID-19 list earlier in the week, so his production is relatively impressive. He ran many RPO-designed plays, which he sold more effectively due to the mobility he possesses. He displayed mobility on designed runs and within the pocket to avoid pressure, a skill set that starter Kirk Cousins lacks. Mond needs to improve his throwing accuracy but could be featured in heavy personnel rushing packages in 2021.
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