Chicago Bears 7-Round Mock Draft: A trade back equals top-tier value

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Chicago Bears, Kellen Mond
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57. Pick Analysis. QB. Texas A&M. Kellen Mond. 3. Scouting Report. player

Thanks to the pick from Cleveland, the Bears are still able to address the quarterback position relatively early by selecting one of the most polarizing prospects in this year’s draft.

If you ask Chris Simms, Mond should be a first-round talent. However, he might be the only one who feels like that. Still, that’s one major name showing a huge belief in the Texas A&M gunslinger.

Most outlets have Mond as a mid-round pick, going anywhere from the third round to maybe the back of the fourth. In the Bears’ case, they don’t miss their chance at getting a guy who might turn into a starter down the road.

Though he’s not looked at as one of the top prospects, Mond has some traits to work with as a potential starter. First and foremost, he handles pressure well. He’s never really phased, but uses a keen internal radar to move within and out of the pocket when he needs to.

Mond also has a nice arm with a quick release. He gets the ball out quickly when he needs to, which is another professional trait not many guys have right away out of college. Although he can zip the football, he rarely makes a bad decision, as evidenced by his three interceptions all of last season.

The ability to scramble also gives the Bears a dual-threat quarterback, which is as necessary as it’s ever been in the NFL. The only thing he’ll need experience with is taking snaps from under center. He’s used to a shotgun offense, so he’ll need to work on that a bit. Although, he’s smart enough that it shouldn’t be a real issue.