NFL teams don’t select quarterbacks in the first three rounds of a draft to have those players sit on the bench for very long.

That being said, Minnesota Vikings GM Rick Spielman recently shared that he reached out to Kirk Cousins after the team selected Kellen Mond at the top of the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

The way Spielman sees it, the rookie quarterback from Texas A&M is coming in to compete for the backup job behind Cousins this offseason.

“Right now, there’s no question that Kirk Cousins is our quarterback,” Spielman said during an appearance on Mad Dog Sports Radio. “And what we wanted to do just like we do with everything else, as the board continues to fall, we want to get the best players available on our board. And Kellen definitely checked the box there when we were able to get him in the third round.”

That being said, Spielman made sure to pick up the phone and discuss Mond’s selection with Cousins.

“I did call Kirk the following morning and his agent, but we want to create competition right now behind Kirk,” Spielman added. “And we have two very young, talented guys, we feel, in Nate Stanley and Jake Browning, but to throw Kellen Mond in the mix, and our coaches are very excited to work with him.

“So let’s see where it goes. Let’s see how quickly he develops. But our whole focus right now is just making sure we have enough depth and young, talented guys to develop at that position as we go into this season.”