So much has been about helping Joe Burrow this offseason. But the Cincinnati Bengals may also be looking at improving the depth behind Burrow.
Per Senior Bowl director Jim Nagy, the Bengals had representation at Texas A&M’s pro day to watch quarterback prospect Kellen Mond.
Teams with OC or QB coaches in attendance Texas A&M pro-day to watch Kellen Mond:— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) March 30, 2021
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Mond, a 21-year old native of San Antonio, Texas, was a four-starter for the Aggies. He threw for 9,661 passing yards, 71 touchdowns, 27 interceptions, and completed 59% of his passes for an average of 7.1 yards per attempt. He also competed in this year’s Senior Bowl and finished with Pro Football Focus’ second-highest passing grade during the week of practice.
2020 was Mond’s best season at Texas A&M, achieving career-highs in completion percentage (63.3%) and yards per attempt (7.7) as the team nearly made the College Football Playoff. And, for what it’s worth, Texas A&M is where Bengals head coach Zac Taylor got his start in coaching.
Despite Mond’s progression, he is widely viewed as a mid-round option at quarterback in this year’s NFL draft class. That could play into the Bengals’ favor.
Sometime on Day 3 of the draft, Cincinnati may start to look at long-term backup options for Burrow. Brandon Allen will return on a one-year deal this season, but with Ryan Finley now with the Houston Texans, they could use a quarterback on a cheap multi-year deal to fill out the quarterback room going forward.
Mond can be that guy. It’s just a matter of when he gets drafted.