It hasn’t been an unforgettable calendar year for the Houston Texans. The club struggled mightily in 2020, finishing far third in the AFC South with a 4-12 record, and the team couldn’t even capitalize on a high draft selection thanks to a previous trade with Miami. . To make matters worse, star quarterback Deshaun Watson asked for a trade in Houston, but the off-field issues surrounding the triple Pro Bowler lost all sort of commercial value, keeping him in a Texan uniform for the time being. While these are certainly the headlines of this abysmal time, they were also a bit unlucky to boot.
The latest example of this comes outside of the first round of the 2021 draft where the Texans narrowly missed the selection of Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond with the 67th overall pick. According to Mond’s father, Kevin, Houston was about to take the young quarterback, but the Minnesota Vikings pulled him off the table a pick ahead of them in No. 66.
“[There was a] phone call from his agent, SMS, and the agent said, “Hey, the Houston Texans are getting ready to select [Kellen] choice 67 ”, said Kevin Mond, via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “So we sit on the couch and [Kellen] receives the phone call a few minutes later and it’s a team. … Then, when he hung up, he said: “I’m going to the Vikings”. The Texans had already told his agent that they were preparing to take him on Choice 67. Vikings had Choice 66. “
With the dream of bringing Mond into the fold now dead, the Texans pivoted and selected Stanford quarterback Davis Mills with the 67th pick in the third round. Although Mond is one of the more intriguing young quarterbacks in this class, he will need time to develop, which might not have been the case had he ended up in Houston given the ‘uncertainty under the center. With Kirk Cousins on-board as a starter in Minnesota, Mond can have an easier transition to the NFL, which his dad believes he will be better at every time his number is called.
“I think he’s comfortable and he likes the decision,” said Kevin Mond. “He’s excited to be in Minnesota.… In Houston, he might be rushed into it. [He can] sit back and watch and learn. But he learns quickly. “