Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond appears to have caught the eye of the New England Patriots as they gear up for the 2021 NFL Draft. Whether or not that results in Bill Belichick taking Mond is unclear, but the hype around the Aggies signal-caller is growing.

According to Pro Football Network’s Tony Pauline, the Patriots could target Mond in Round 2, but Pauline also acknowledged that New England also has designs of moving up the board on Day 1.

“I absolutely think they would like to take a QB in Round 1, either by moving up a few slots or seeing if somehow one of the top five falls to them,” Pauline said. “Kellen Mond is a quarterback I could see the Patriots selecting on Day 2.”

Where there’s smoke, there’s probably fire. Based on the skill set of projected Patriots starter Cam Newton and the background Mond has from his time in College Station, Mond to the Pats makes a lot of sense.

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Mond is a pro-style quarterback with a four-year starting resume at an SEC program, where he was within one spot of the College Football Playoff last season and showed marked improvement throughout his career. Among the second tier of QB prospects, Mond may be the best.

Thus, given the innate premium placed on quarterbacks, it’s a bit of a stretch to say Mond will still be on the board when New England goes on the clock in Round 2 at 46th overall.