Texas A&M Football: Could Kellen Mond overtake Kirk Cousins in 2021?

Kellen Mond, Texas A&M Football (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)
Kellen Mond, Texas A&M Football (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images) /
Texas A&M Football
Kellen Mond, Texas A&M Football (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images) /

The Texas A&M Football team had four players taken in the 2021 NFL Draft. They could have had more taken, but the NCAA’s allowance for an extra year of eligibility opened the door for a few draft prospects to return to College Station for another season.

Two Aggies were drafted to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Buddy Johnson and Dan Moore Jr. Both of these players were selected in the fourth round and will have a reunion wearing black and yellow. Bobby Brown III was sent to Los Angeles to play for the Rams, a team with a strong defense that will allow for him to thrive.

But none of these players held the largest storyline in this year’s draft. That honor goes to Kellen Mond, who was drafted to the Minnesota Vikings early in the third round.

Could former Texas A&M Football QB Kellen Mond overtake Kirk Cousins as a rookie?

Logically speaking, Kellen Mond was drafted to the Minnesota Vikings to serve as a backup to Kirk Cousins for at least a year. Even though Cousins will never be in the running for the MVP Award, he’s a solid quarterback. Above average.

But after a season that saw the Vikings finish with a losing record, the mood has shifted in Minnesota as to what they should be doing at the quarterback position. They made this clear when they spent their third-round draft pick on a quarterback.

But Mond will not be the starter to begin 2021. That much is certain. That said, if the Vikings have a rough season, there’s no reason that they shouldn’t send Mond in as the starter for the end of his rookie year.

Hypothetically, if Minnesota is out of playoff contention early, how do they stand to gain from playing a 33-year old quarterback who only has a year remaining on his contract. It would make no sense. At some point, they’ll have to give in to a rebuild.

Texas A&M fans shouldn’t be rooting for a bad season from the Vikings, but if Minnesota does have a rough go at it, Mond could see more early playing time than expected.

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So in short, Kellen Mond could absolutely overtake Kirk Cousins as the Vikings’ starting quarterback in 2021, it’s just a matter of how well the team performs.