Kellen Mond – Texas A&M
If the Carolina Panthers decided to use the No. 8 overall selection on strengthening another area such as left tackle or cornerback, then someone like Kellen Mond could possibly come into the equation on Day 2. The Texas A&M prospect has plenty of experience and success playing against some top-level competition during his college career and although he is seen as more of a development project, there is a ton of upside providing his transition is a smooth one.
Carolina’s coaching staff got a good look at Mond during their time working with him at the Senior Bowl. This will have been invaluable not only to identify his intangibles of use on the field but also when it comes to examining the player’s character, ability to lead, and conduct.
One thing that really stands out regarding Mond is his poise. There are rarely times when he is flustered under pressure and even though his decision-making can be questionable at times, there is plenty to work with from an athletic standpoint.
Mond’s accuracy isn’t what one would normally associate with a prolific starter in the NFL. But anybody that takes the player is not going to throw him in at the deep end.
This is sure to work in his favor. The Panthers have some immediate assistance at the position after getting Sam Darnold, so drafting Mond would give them a development project once Teddy Bridgewater is eventually moved on.