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Who’s Davis Mills? Meet the ex-Stanford QB making his first NFL begin with Texans

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Not precisely a run-of-the-mill profession for Davis Mills.

The Stanford quarterback was thrust into his first NFL motion this previous Sunday in reduction of injured passer Tyrod Taylor, and Mills’ outcomes have been combined: The third-rounder went 8-for-18 passing with a landing and a choose within the 31-21 dropping effort.

Whereas Mills did not precisely flash in his style of NFL motion, he’s nonetheless one of many extra intriguing rookie passers within the loaded 2021 NFL Draft quarterback class. Whereas he wasn’t a first-rounder or perhaps a second-rounder, Mills was a part of a second-tier of QB prospects who require some grooming.

With Taylor out and Deshaun Watson nonetheless embroiled in sexual assault allegations and on the outs with Houston, Mills is being thrown into the deep finish beginning on Thursday evening.

This is what you want find out about him:

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Who’s Davis Mills?

A 22-year-old Georgia native, Mills was a five-star recruit popping out of highschool, signing with Stanford, subsequent in a line of probably nice Cardinal passers.

Mills needed to look ahead to his motion, although: After struggling a knee harm that prematurely ended his highschool profession, Mills redshirted his freshman 12 months at Stanford, finally enjoying in a single recreation in 2018 as Ok.J. Costello’s backup. Mills tried simply two passes in 2018 earlier than backing up Costello as soon as once more in 2019.

Mills acquired his first prolonged motion as a school QB in 2019 after Costello went down with an harm. He began six of eight video games after Costello returned, tallying 1,960 yards on 65.6 % passing, with 11 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. Mills would play within the pandemic-shortened 2020 season for Stanford, enjoying in 5 video games and throwing 1,508 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions (66.2 % completion price).

The restricted resume of Mills led to his NFL Draft inventory dropping precipitously: With simply 13 video games complete of faculty polish, Mills slipped down the draft boards to No. 67 general, going to the Texans within the third spherical of this 12 months’s draft.

Because the eighth QB chosen within the draft, Mills was preceeded by Trevor Lawrence (Jaguars), Zach Wilson (Jets), Trey Lance (49ers), Justin Fields (Bears), Mac Jones (Patriots), Kyle Trask (Buccaneers) and Kellen Mond (Vikings). 

Davis Mills scouting report

Mills has good dimension (6-4, 217 lbs.) and an NFL high quality arm. Whereas there are some considerations over his left knee (which has given him a number of points all through his profession), and his below-average mobility, ought to Mills develop, he may turn into a high quality starter within the NFL as a pure pocket passer.

The difficulty with that: The restricted tape and simply 11 complete begins whereas at Stanford implies that he has a tricky ladder to climb to get to that time. Nonetheless, Mills has the instruments to make it work, if he might be coached up. 

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