The Vikings made a great trade on night one of the NFL Draft as they moved back to No. 23, still got Christian Darrisaw, and acquired two additional third-round picks. With their first of the third-rounders (No. 66), the Vikings have selected QB Kellen Mond out of Texas A&M.
The Vikings obviously still have two years of Kirk Cousins, but this pick could not only mean their QB of the future, but it shores up their backup QB position immediately. Mond is a very athletic quarterback with the ability to run. This is an inability that some have knocked Cousins for.
Mond started all four years at Texas A&M and showed his athleticism by rushing over 10 times per game over his 43 game career. He ran for 1609 yards and 22 TDs at A&M. However, he also has quite the arm to go along with his rushing talent. Mond holds A&M’s record for completions, yards, and touchdowns. With a group of talented players like Justin Jefferson, Irv Smtih, and Dalvin Cook (not to mention Adam Thielen, depending on how long he sticks around), Mond could become a very good QB in Minnesota.
The Vikings clearly value the acquisition of a quality backup QB as they pass up on players like Wyatt Davis and Joseph Ossai, both of whom could have an immediate impact for the Vikings.