Round 4, pick 138, Kellen Mond, QB- Texas A&M
With the Dallas Cowboys veteran backup quarterback, Andy Dalton, officially headed to the Chicago Bears and Garrett Gilbert currently projected to be Dak Prescott’s backup the team takes a shot here to inject some competition into that important role.
Gilbert, the teams’ only viable option (at the moment) to be Prescott’s backup, has only thrown 38 passes in his career. The 29-year old played admirably in his first career NFL start last season for the Cowboys and nearly led them to an improbable upset victory of the then-undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers.
However, his career 52.3 percent completion rate certainly should not inspire confidence in his ability to be the sole competent backup for Dallas at the most important position in the sport.
That leads America’s Team to take a shot here and select quarterback Kellen Mond with the 138th overall pick. The 21-year old played four seasons for Texas A&M and managed to finish his collegiate career with 71 passing touchdowns compared to only 27 interceptions. Mond also added 22 rushing scores to his resume as well.
The young signal-callers combination of above-average arm-strength and athleticism make him an intriguing prospect at the position. The fact that he did this while playing in the hyper-competitive SEC while often throwing to underwhelming talent around him makes him a potential steal in this round of the draft.
The biggest concern with Mond is his accuracy. The former Aggie had a career completion percentage of 59. However, it should be noted though that he did get better in this category in every season he played and he even managed to post a respectable 63.3 completion rate in his final year in college.
The Dallas Cowboys add some competition to the quarterback room with this selection and get a player who might be considered a potential first-round draft pick in a draft that is not stacked with talent at the quarterback position. Fans of America’s Team learned first-hand the importance of having a quality backup signal-caller last year and this pick hopefully ensures that for years to come.