Jun 9, 2021; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kellen Mond (11) participates in drills at OTA at TCO Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Kellen Mond signs rookie deal with Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings came to terms with rookie third-round pick Kellen Mond. Per the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the deal is worth a reported $5.223 million over three years.

The No. 66 overall pick in the 2021 draft, Mond brings a wealth of experience from his time at Texas A&M to the table. A four-year starter, Mond saw his touchdown-to-interception ration spike dramatically in 2020, from a 2:1 ratio up to 6:1.

He threw for 2,282 yards with 19 touchdowns and three interceptions in 10 games in 2020, leading the Aggies to a 9-1 finish. He participated in the Senior Bowl, earning MVP honors.

Mond joins returnees Jake Browning and Nate Stanley as backup options to starter Kirk Cousins. Browning has bounced on and off the roster over his two years, while Stanley was a 2020 seventh-round pick.

Cousins is coming off a 2020 that saw him throw for 4,265 yards with 35 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

–Field Level Media

May 14, 2021; Flowery Branch, Georgia, USA;  Atlanta Falcons offensive lineman Jalen Mayfield (77) lines up for a play during rookie camp at the Falcons Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Falcons ink five players from 2021 draft

The Atlanta Falcons announced that they have signed five of their 2021 draft picks. The signings include offensive lineman Jalen Mayfield, defensive lineman Ta’Quon Graham and a trio of sixth-round picks: linebacker Adetokunbo Ogundeji, cornerback Avery Williams and wide receiver Frank Darby.

The Falcons have yet to sign top draftee Kyle Pitts, the No. 4 overall selection and tight end out of Florida.

Mayfield, the 68th overall pick in the third round, played three seasons at Michigan, allowing only two sacks in 18 games.

Taken 148th overall (fifth round), Graham played in 48 career games at Texas, with nine starts and seven tackles for loss in 2020.

Ojundeji, a Notre Dame product, appeared in 43 games and earned captain’s honors and a Reese’s Senior Bowl invitation in 2020.

Boise State produced Williams, who was a four-year corner and return specialist for the Broncos. He totaled nine total touchdowns on returns in his career.

Darby played at Arizona State, notching 67 receptions for 1,317 yards and 13 touchdowns for his career.

–Field Level Media