Jimbo Fisher: Kellen Mond “does all the things you need to judge a first-round player”

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When discussions about this year’s draft turns to quarterbacks, most of the attention is paid to the five players that are generally expected to come off the board early in the first round.

Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, Mac Jones, Justin Fields, and Trey Lance make up that group. Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond is ranked somewhere behind that quintet, but his college coach thinks that Mond belongs at the top of the draft as well.

Jimbo Fisher saw Mond play 36 games and throw for 8,286 yards for the Aggies over the last three years. He said Mond, who also played 10 games before Fisher came to College Station, has steadily improved and thinks “the body of work, the competition he’s played against” merits a high draft choice.

“He does all of the things you need to judge a first-round player,” Fisher said, via Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com. “He helped change the culture — winning more games, taking a stand, showing he’s a guy who can fight through adversity, took criticism, eliminated any distractions and continued to get better.”

Fisher said he’s spoken to 10-15 teams about Mond and that they like his experience, but we’ll have to wait a couple of weeks to see where that puts him on the draft board.

22 responses to “Jimbo Fisher: Kellen Mond “does all the things you need to judge a first-round player”

  1. “He does all of the things you need to judge a first-round player,”

    Well there is a content free statement if I ever saw one. So does every other college football quarterback. They all do the QB things. The question is whether they do them well enough to be a first round selection or even competent NFL quarterback.

  2. He can really throw some dimes and make things happen with his feet. But like most college tape of the good throws, his guys are just wide open. I can see him going earlier than most will expect

  3. I’m starting to read a lot more rumors of Mond going to the Patriots in the second round.

  4. Kellen Mond is the epitome and pure definition of a shotgun,throw to the first read,college spread offense QB.

  5. Miami at 36 is a great spot for anyone looking to move up on day 2 for Mond, if he makes it out round 1. I’ll take a 2022 1st and 2021 4th for pick 36 and a 6th next year in return.

    Obviously Chicago and Washington should have a strong interest if they don’t want to go for it at 19 and 20.

  6. All these coaches pushing for their qb to be in 1st round when history has more than proven that most 1st rounders were reaches and not pan out…

    Trevor and Jones played quality defenses and in plenty of BIG games to warrant a first round pick but thd others lack experience and will need a learning curve… That should keep them out of the first rou d but it won’t because teams panic and take them way to soon!

  7. According to the Bob Quinn- Lions former GM, picking a QB in the draft is an investment, if you develop them, and they haven’t progressed to the level to beat out the current starter, you still have a chance of trading them in future drafts for additional picks— 1. it’s good practice in theory 2. Every lion fan is glad Quinn and his theories are gone, including the Matt Patricia theory

  8. A smart team drafts or signs a UDFA QB every year to find an unpolished gem type player.

  9. I’m a believer in Mond. He has the quickest release in the draft, led his team in the SEC, and is obviously a great athlete. Would have no problem with Chicago taking him at 20 regardless of the backlash they would get.

  10. Now every Vikings fan will be clamoring for a new first round pick.

    Spielman will take advice from the great seer, Jimbo Fisher.

  11. It is always sad to see the 4-year starters judged more harshly than the 1-year wonders (Jones, Lance, Wilson, Mills). He’s gotten better throughout his career… but his footwork is lazy with baby steps at the end of his drop. If he ends up a Bear, hopefully it’s through a third round pick. Starting tackles and CBs will be available in the 1st and 2nd.

  12. Mond is a prospect with a high floor, but too low a ceiling to go earlier than late first round. He’s a late second or third round pick. He’s a steady, consistent college performer but doesn’t have anything that says franchise QB about him. That said, given time to develop, Mond has the tools to possibly grow into that role. For one, Washington should grab him if he’s available when they are up in the second round.

  13. I’ve watched Mond since he started at A&M. If Fisher really believes what he said, then Fisher id a bigger fool than imagined. Mond does not have a strong arm is true but his biggest problem is his mental game. His body language is too up and down, mostly being down when he gets in a highly competitive situation. He sulks like a toddler too. I would never draft this guy.

  14. Kellen Mond “does all the things you need to judge a first-round player”

    For ONE game. Then he looks average for a few weeks. Dude is wildly inconsistent. Reminds me too much of Alex Smith. You never know which player is going to show up on Sunday.

  15. I had already watched a lot of tape of Jameis Winston at FSU, so I had to laugh when Jimbo Fisher came out with all those accolades about Winston. It was the exact opposite to what I saw with my own eyes. I’ve watched a little tape of Mond. Not a ton, but enough to laugh again when I read what Fisher is now saying about his QB. Fisher doesn’t have a good record when it comes to promoting his QB’s for the NFL draft. But please don’t take my word, or anybody else’s word. Watch for yourself. It’s so easy to see what these QB’s are doing, and what they aren’t doing.

  16. Fisher is just trying to make his recruiting job easier. Come to A&M and you too will be drafted in the first round. Saban probably has an easier job than the Maytag repair guy when it comes to recruiting.

  17. Mond has film where he looks like he should be a first rounder and could be a long term starter in the NFL, but he also has film where he looks like a guy who could be a camp arm.

    I like him. He’s going to make some good team very happy with their backup situation and if their starter is a bottom tier one, he will be a good starter after a bit. But he needs to be more consistent.

  18. Trevor and Jones played quality defenses and in plenty of BIG games to warrant a first round pick but thd others lack experience and will need a learning curve… That should keep them out of the first rou d but it won’t because teams panic and take them way to soon!

    ————
    A&M plays in the SEC. Mond has played against much better competition and every game in the SEC is a big game.

  19. He is Josh Dobbs 2.0. In the right system, he can have success in the NFL.

  20. For four years no one spoke about Mond. Might be that for a decade, college QBs have been putting up insane numbers…except for this guy. His numbers are pedestrian for a 4 year player. There are QBs who have nearly matched his career numbers in one season or surpassed them in 1 and a half. IDK, he may turn out to be another Brady and I’ll have to steak sauce my hat before eating it, but I think he’s more Orlovsky.

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