Davis Mills didn't put up huge numbers in his time at Stanford, but the Texans saw enough in him to take a flier in the third round, and it's not out of the question he could end up starting some time in 2021. Obviously, Deshaun Watson's off-field issues will determine much of that, and the Texans surely didn't draft Mills with the expectation that he will be the future of the franchise. But he was viewed as a big-time talent coming out of high school, split time in 2019 and then played through a pandemic-shortened season in 2020 as the full-time starter, so maybe he can be better than he showed. Still, this isn't a great landing spot in terms of surrounding talent, so even if Mills did end up playing in 2021, expectations should be pretty low. He has some appeal in deeper two-QB leagues, but that's about it.
The Texans selected Mills in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft, 67th overall. The Texans use their first pick of this year's draft to take a quarterback in light of the unknowns surrounding franchise quarterback Deshaun Watson. Mills was billed as one of the best "project" quarterbacks in this class in that he didn't have the resume worthy of a first-round pick, but his tools could allow him to develop into a starter down the road. He was a blue-chip recruit out of high school, but knee injuries dating back to that period kept him off the field until 2018. Mills took over as Stanford's starter in 2019 and threw for 1,960 yards, 11 touchdowns and five picks in six starts. He is talented and scouts believe in his ability, but the 11 career starts and the knee injury history are concerns.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|5||10/10||New England Patriots||5||17.88|
|8||10/31||Los Angeles Rams||1||15.56|
|12||11/28||New York Jets||29||24.75|
|16||12/26||Los Angeles Chargers||25||22.63|
|17||01/02||@San Francisco 49ers||9||18.25|