QB Kellen Mond
Disclaimer: If I were advising Kellen Mond after this season, save for it ending with a Heisman Trophy or a National Championship, I would tell him to return for his senior year. The QB class could be loaded next year with Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert, Jake Fromm, Jacob Eason, Feleipe Franks, Shae Patterson and others potentially coming out.
The prize in 2021 will no doubt be phenom Trevor Lawrence, but Mond would do well to learn for another two years with Fisher. You already saw the improvement in his pocket awareness, patience, and accuracy from year one to year two. Just think of what two more seasons could do for him.
Of course, he could also feel like there is nothing more for him to learn after the 2019 season. If he has an even better year than 2018 he may be right. However, he’s not currently among the top prospects for the 2020 draft according to most NFL Draft experts. He has a long way to go before entering that upper echelon.
Mond was a middle of the road SEC quarterback in 2018. He was night and day in terms of his accuracy from 2017, but it’s still something he has to work on, especially on deep balls. The ability to make plays with his legs made him a one read and take off guy under Sumlin, but Fisher has made him far more patient. Mond completed 57.3 percent of his passes (up from 51.5 percent) for 3,107 yards, 24 touchdowns to just nine interceptions. He also ran for 474 yards and seven touchdowns.
It’s highly plausible Mond improves even further in 2019 and shoots up draft boards enough to warrant an early declaration.