The Minnesota Vikings took Texas A&M QB Kellen Mond with the No. 66 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft — the second pick of the third round.

Now, Mond will back up Minnesota starter Kirk Cousins, but could eventually take over as the starter in a couple of years.

However, it seems a team much closer to College Station was ready to take Mond before the Vikings swooped in. Per Chris Tomasson of, Mond’s dad said the Houston Texans were ready to take Mond at No. 67 overall:

“(There was a) phone call from his agent, text message, and the agent said, ‘Hey, the Houston Texans are getting ready to select (Mond) at pick 67,’ ” Mond’s father, Kevin, said in the article. “So, we’re sitting (at the San Antonio family home) on the couch and (Mond) gets the phone call a couple of minutes later and it’s a team.

“Then, when he hung up the phone, he goes, ‘I’m going to the Vikings.’ The Texans had already told his agent they’re getting ready to take him at pick 67. The Vikings happened to have the pick 66.”

Mond would have a quicker path to start in Houston, but he’ll have more time to develop in Minnesota. Meanwhile, the Texans drafted Stanford’s Davis Mills with the 67th pick.