Kellen Mond already becomes an answer to a great Vikings trivia question

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On Friday, Kellen Mond became the 29th quarterback drafted by the Minnesota Vikings. That fact wasn’t nearly as interesting as another one related to the selection.

Mond arrived via round three. He’s the first Vikings quarterback to be drafted in the third round since the first draft the Vikings ever had, in 1961. That’s when they used a third-round pick on a quarterback from Georgia.

First name, Francis. Last name, Tarkenton.

Mond has a long way to go before he’ll be ready to play, especially with Kirk Cousins the unquestioned starter. But Cousins’ contract situation gives the Vikings a Plan B that, based on what Mond does behind the scenes, could become a Plan A by 2023. It possibly could happen sooner, if the Vikings believe he’s ready and/or the offense has plateaued under Cousins.

However it plays out, the fact that Mond becomes the first quarterback to arrive in round three since Fran Tarkenton will serve only to make Vikings fans more interested in seeing how things go with a guy who could become Minnesota’s answer to the trend toward quarterbacks who can both run the play that’s called — and who can then making something happen on the fly, if the play that’s called falls apart.

That would be fitting, since the Vikings had one of the original guys who could do that in Tarkenton.

For more on Mond and other Vikings issues, check out the attached video interview with Vikings G.M. Rick Spielman.

25 responses to “Kellen Mond already becomes an answer to a great Vikings trivia question

  1. Vikings fan here..
    Sorry to say… I think this guy will be a bust.
    The Vikes missed on this one. The qb they should have taken went right before this pick.

    Mond is a one read and take off, inaccurate passer who will be pressured into mistakes easily.

    I really wish my Vikes had taken any of the other top 5 guys.

  2. Dont know why Tarkington seems to be all but forgotten in conversations about great qb’s. I would think he still holds some significant nfl records. He was very good in the pocket, but he could scramble (or run for his life) like no other. He was like the original dual threat qb long before it became a common option. Glad to see him at least acknowledged.

  3. As a Viking fan, I hope Mond works out. But, given that at least 2 or 3 of the first round QBs will be busts, why does everyone keep acting like every QB taken in any of the first three rounds is a future guaranteed starter in the NFL? Yes, some third round QBs have turned into good QBs. But, what is the return rate on that? Maybe 20-25%, at best, of third round QBs have turned into competent starters. This guy is obviously a project, but every website acts like him taking the starting job is just a matter of time.

  4. Some more trivia:

    – Tarkenton was the 29th player selected, which would make him a first-round pick these days.
    – 1961 was one of the greatest drafts of all time, with seven Hall of Famers selected: Tarkenton, Mike Ditka, Jimmy Johnson (not that one), Herb Adderley, Bob Lilley, Billy Shaw, and Deacon Jones.
    – The first QB selected (#2 overall) was Norm Snead. He started two games for the Vikings in 1971, the year before they traded to get Tarkenton back from the Giants.
    – The second QB selected was Billy Kilmer, who retired in the same year as Tarkenton (1978).

  5. I guarantee anyone Mond will be better than bust Field and Love.
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    I would think you would have given up on guarantees after all the wrong ones last season but more power to you.

  6. Taking a QB past round one is usually a huge waste of a pick. Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Russell Wilson, Dak Prescott. Obviously all great picks. Aside from them the league is full of busted QBs taken past round 1.

  7. Kinda nice to read the comments on a Viking story, without having to trudge through the multiple packer trolls. They all must be in therapy groups dealing with life without Rodgers. SKOLOLOLOL

  8. Another great Viking Trivia question: Name 29 drafted Viking QBs who failed to win a World Championship.

  9. supercharger says:
    May 4, 2021 at 9:35 am

    Taking a QB past round one is usually a huge waste of a pick. Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Russell Wilson, Dak Prescott. Obviously all great picks. Aside from them the league is full of busted QBs taken past round 1.
    _________

    You forgot Kirk Cousins.

    And there are plenty of QBs taken in Round 1 that were busts, too.

    Six of the top 10 QBs in career passer rating were drafted outside of Round 1. All are still active except Tony Romo.

    Teams are so desperate for quarterbacks that they’re usually drafted in the first round even if they may not really be first-round talents. In a year like this, where there were five QBs that seem to be first-round worthy, I wonder if there’s a lot less attention put on the other guys and they get pushed down the draft board. If Mond had been in the draft last year, the Packers probably would have traded up to draft him instead of Love.

  10. 2ruefan says:
    May 4, 2021 at 6:53 am

    Vikings fan here..
    Sorry to say… I think this guy will be a bust.
    The Vikes missed on this one. The qb they should have taken went right before this pick.
    __________

    How can they take someone who was already picked?

  11. Mond has already tied the Viking QB record for most World championships.

    What could go wrong?

  12. Another fact that will go down in the books . . . who is the latest quarterback drafted by the Vikings to never lead us to a championship . . .

  13. Fun fact: Tarkenton never won a Superbowl playing for the Vikings. Neither will Mond….

    (BTW loved Tarkenton scrambles back in the days when you could kill QBs and he was running for his life and made some of the greatest (and ugliest) plays ever seen. Fun days indeed……

  14. Hey, is it too late to get in on the “no Viking quarterback has won a championship” thing? Is that bit still fresh?

  15. Much as people want to talk about this pick, he is going to sit. We should focus on the ones who will play, like the two rookie offensive linemen and our flat out awful O line coach. Don’t rule out Dennison trying to make a guard out of the best left tackle talent we have drafted in years. Put Mond out of your minds and focus on the issues. If Mond’s day comes it won’t be this year. If Cousins goes down it wouldn’t surprise me to see Browning or Stanley come in. there are a lot of Rookies and second year men we need to step and play well.

  16. In no way do I think Mond will be a star, but I bet he his chances of stardom are no less than Love. And his drafting was neither a waste of resources nor ticked off the starting QB.

  17. I like Quarterbacks that aren’t over-sensitive and need to be coddled when another Quarterback is drafted.

  18. Win the division. First round playoff bye. Make the NFCCG. If Cousins does all of that over the next 2 years, he should get another contract. Anything less, and it’s simply time to move on.

  19. iknoweverything says:
    May 4, 2021 at 9:52 am
    Kinda nice to read the comments on a Viking story, without having to trudge through the multiple packer trolls. They all must be in therapy groups dealing with life without Rodgers. SKOLOLOLOL
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    You spoke way too soon. There’s even a couple “new” guys that are pretending to be Vikings fans. That bit from packer trolls never gets old.

  20. I think there’s more being made about this pick, then there should be. They used their first of four, third round picks to get this guy. They can work with him a few years and see if he develops into a starter. If not, can he compete for the back up role. Rookie contract we get him cheap for four years. Either two years from now Cousins is getting a new contract ( likely not a cheap one) or We’re getting a new starter (somewhere). Maybe Cousins and the Vikes both know he won’t be back at the end of the contract.

    Although from what I understand of the contract. We can move on from Cousins if we want to next year.

  21. He was actually the 29th player picked. Would have been a 1st round pick this year. Deacon Jones the Hall of Famer was picked in the 14th round by the Rams. Him and Fran had some really good games against each other.

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