Week 2 of the NFL preseason kicks off Thursday night, and we are now fully entrenched in NFL action. Unlike 30 other football teams, the Cleveland Browns are heading to their third of four preseason games due to playing in the Hall of Fame Game against the New York Jets.
While they are deeper in their evaluation process, this gives the Browns another chance to look at quarterback Kellen Mond to see where he fits into this year’s team. Let’s take a look at Mond and how he got here.
How Did Kellen Mond Get Here?
Mond played college football at Texas A&M, but before that, he was a high-ranking five-star recruit coming out of high school. Mond would begin his high school career at Ronald Reagan High in San Antonio, Texas, before transferring to the well-known IMG Academy in Florida.
From there, Mond would go on to Texas A&M, where he would be a four-year starter for the Aggies. His action began almost immediately at A&M due to then-starting quarterback Nick Starkel getting hurt in the first game of the 2017 season. Once given the reigns, Mond would never let them go for the remainder of his time in College Station.
While Mond’s play had peaks and valleys at Texas A&M, you cannot ignore the production he put up. Mond solidified himself within rare company in the SEC when he finished his career as one of only three quarterbacks in the history of the conference to record over 9,000 career passing yards with 1,500 rushing yards.
The only other two to accomplish the same feat were Florida Gators legend Tim Tebow and Mississippi State Bulldogs and current Dallas Cowboys star quarterback Dak Prescott.
Mond’s NFL Journey
Mond’s NFL career began in 2021 when the Minnesota Vikings selected him in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft. However, his time as a Viking would be short-lived, as Minnesota released Mond after just one season.
The next day, Mond would be claimed by Cleveland, where he’s been ever since. He now enters Year 3 of his career with no guarantees of a future but with an opportunity to impress. Mond has started preseason games for the Browns and is fully entrenched in the competition for the backup quarterback role behind Deshaun Watson.
This may be the situation for Mond where he finally finds his footing and is able to stick around and carve out a nice career in Cleveland.