Despite Winston signing, Saints still need to draft this QB
The New Orleans Saints went into this offseason with one pressing need — a quarterback. What started as a question and turned into reality was that Drew Brees was not going to be the starter for the Saints going into 2021 after his announced retirement.
The Saints were then forced to do something that some teams have never done — move on from a Hall-of-Fame quarterback. On top of his play, Brees had been the starter in New Orleans for over a decade. An era had passed, and it was time to move on.
Last year during the offseason, the team signed Jameis Winston after he was released from Tampa Bay following the incoming of Tom Brady. Sean Payton saw something special in Winston and wanted to bring him back again and give him a shot at the future.
The New Orleans Saints need to take a shot on Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond at some point in Day 2 of the 2021 NFL Draft.
They did just that this offseason offering Winston another one-year contract. However, despite the signing of Winston and Taysom Hill being on the roster already, the team is still in search of a third backup quarterback.
Why not take a chance on a later-round draft pick? Currently, Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond isn’t being mock drafted until the No. 123 pick. That means that there is a good chance the Saints could get him in the third, maybe early fourth, round.
Mond walked away from his 2020 Senior Bowl completing 13-for-25 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns with zero interceptions. He also rushed twice for 11 yards on his way to being named the game’s Most Valuable Player.
In 2017, he had his career-high in passing yards for a season surpassing 3,000. In 2019, he had his highest touchdown to interception ratio with 19 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. He also had his highest passer rating, yards per attempt, and completion percentage as well.
Mond could be a great quarterback in the NFL and is worth the late-round risk.