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Robert Griffin III shot at his former teammate, Kirk Cousins, after the Minnesota Vikings drew a Day 2 quarterback from the NFL draft on Friday night.
While speaking on a draft analysis report for Bleacher, Griffin was asked about the selection of former Texas A&M passer Kellen Mond from the Vikings with the 66th overall selection that came in the third round.
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“Yes, I can tell you that number 8 in Minnesota is not really happy right now,” Griffin said. “Because Kellen Mond is exactly what he’s not doing well. Kellen Mond is the big physical quarterback. He can run it, throw it all over the field, and I don’t think that’s something No. 8 is able to do in “Cousins in Minnesota. But I think that’s what the coaching staff and the administration are looking for.”
Griffin and Cousins were teammates in Washington from 2012-15 after being taken in the same draft class. Griffin was the team’s starter, but was eventually promoted to Cousins during the first season of former coach Jay Gruden.
The cousins initially took Griffin’s place due to several injuries, but later he beat Griffin before Washington released Griffin in March 2016. The cousins signed with the Vikings for the start of the 2018 season.
“As you can see, Cousins have been collecting checks there in Minnesota for a long time, taking them to seasons 8-8, 9-7,” Griffin continued. “If he has a bad start to the year, like last year, I could see the fans and maybe the organization will lean towards Le Monde if he comes in and impresses.”
It wasn’t all about cousins. Griffin really praised Mond, who ended his career at Texas A&M as the all-time leader in the program in total foul (11,270), passing yards (9,661), touchdown passing (71), finishes (801) and attempts (1). 358).
“Le Monde had a lot of inconsistencies in his game,” Griffin said. “And the biggest thing, last year, he actually improved dramatically, but some NFL evaluators looking at the years since he started at Texas A&M are still a little skeptical about him. But I’ll tell you this: with great determination and a great coach, this is a boy who can be a real promotion in the course of his career. “
Griffin, who is currently a free agent, played for the Baltimore Ravens last season, making a start when Lamar Jackson was removed from COVID-19. Griffin then suffered a tendon injury in that game, a 12-week loss to the Steelers that eliminated him for the rest of the season.