With the San Francisco 49ers buying and selling as much as No. 3 and the New York Jets buying and selling Sam Darnold to the Carolina Panthers, it’s now a foregone conclusion that the primary three picks within the 2021 NFL Draft might be quarterbacks. It most likely gained’t take lengthy for the fourth and fifth signal-callers to come back off the board in Spherical 1, both. There could also be a protracted stretch of draft picks, nonetheless, till the sixth QB comes off the board. Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond and Florida’s Kyle Trask are two quarterback prospects in that subsequent tier. If it comes right down to deciding Mond vs. Trask, which is the best name?
Kellen Mond vs. Kyle Trask: The case for QB6
Let’s look at and examine these two and what they need to convey to their new staff on the NFL degree.
Mond by the numbers
On the Texas A&M Professional Day, Mond got here in at 6’3” and 211 kilos, which is on the lean aspect for an NFL quarterback. There must be some questions regarding Mond’s potential to face up to the punishment on the subsequent degree together with his angular construct, particularly when contemplating his skills as a runner. Talking of which, Mond’s 4.59 time within the 40-yard sprint was eye-opening.
Mond is a four-year starter on the school degree with 46 profession begins on his résumé, which is uncommon these days. For his profession, Mond accomplished 59% of his passes for 9,661 yards, 7.1 yards per try, and a 71-to-27 TD:INT ratio. Mond additionally ran for over 1,600 yards and 22 touchdowns in his profession.
Trask by the numbers
Trask is larger than Mond and measured 6’5” and 236 kilos at Florida’s Professional Day. He has glorious dimension and body for the place with large palms that measured over 10 inches. Trask’s vertical and three-cone numbers have been about common, however he was actually poor with the quick shuttle, 40-yard sprint, and broad leap. Trask has the scale however is a subpar athlete for the quarterback place on the subsequent degree, and that exhibits up on tape repeatedly.
Trask backed up Feleipe Franks in 2017 and 2018 and commenced the 2019 season as Franks’ backup as nicely. However Franks was injured early on that 12 months and Trask took over, resulting in Franks’ eventual switch to Arkansas. Trask loved a robust 12 months in 2019 however actually blew up this previous season for the Gators.
Ultimately, Trask averaged 9.1 yards per try, threw 69 touchdowns towards 15 interceptions, and completed his school profession with 7,386 passing yards and a 67.9% completion proportion. Mond additionally didn’t have the benefit of throwing to anybody practically as harmful as Kyle Pitts or Kadarius Toney, each of whom might find yourself being first-round picks on the finish of this month. Nonetheless, Trask made nice enchancment in his remaining school season and tore up glorious competitors in 2020.
Mond vs. Trask: Past the field rating
Let’s look previous the numbers when evaluating Mond and Trask. These are two drastically completely different types of quarterbacks.
Mond’s accuracy and pocket presence
Mond performs nicely from the pocket however is way extra able to making one thing occur together with his legs than Trask, who is actually an old-fashioned dropback passer. But, Trask does maneuver and purchase time fairly nicely throughout the pocket, even when he isn’t a plus athlete.
Mond had a terrific Senior Bowl, however regardless of enjoying so many video games at Texas A&M, he didn’t incrementally enhance to the diploma we noticed from Trask throughout his time in school. Though, we definitely noticed higher pocket presence this previous 12 months in addition to a robust understanding of the pro-style system employed at A&M. His ball placement additionally drastically improved in 2020. Mond stays correct and harmful as a passer when on the transfer, and he has a quick-snap launch.
Mond owns an above-average arm, and there are some very spectacular deep ball throws on his tape. He’ll miss too many simple quick throws, although, which is irritating contemplating his school expertise. It might be questioned if he’s a pure playmaker when the play doesn’t go to script. He additionally locks onto receivers and might get jittery within the pocket below strain.
Trask’s arm expertise and dealing off-script
Though he doesn’t have an influence arm — and that could be a downside on the subsequent degree contemplating his play type — Trask isn’t bashful about going downfield. He’s an aggressive and difficult quarterback that can stand within the pocket and take successful to ship the soccer. You want Trask have been extra correct with higher ball placement on the straightforward throws, though he does present good contact on lots of his passes. He additionally demonstrates higher timing and anticipation than Mond general.
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But, Trask is an especially monotone athlete with faint twitch to his actions. With little in the way in which of second response play potential, Trask should be very well-protected within the NFL, particularly early in his profession.
Each of those quarterbacks might be ascending. They each have their strengths in addition to their weaknesses and are markedly completely different gamers, though clearly, Trask is extra productive — however for a shorter time period. Nonetheless, contemplating how the sport is performed within the NFL, the one to guess on between Mond and Trask — although it is extremely shut — is Mond.
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