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Davis Mills NFL Draft 2021: Scouting Report for Houston Texans QB

BR NFL Scouting DepartmentContributor IMay 1, 2021

Stanford quarterback Davis Mills (15) plays during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore., Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020. Stanford won 27-24. (AP Photo/Amanda Loman)
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HEIGHT:
 6'3¾"

WEIGHT: 217

      

POSITIVES

— Above-average arm strength and throws a very catchable ball. 

— Consistent, tight footwork on dropbacks and in the pocket. Has been well-coached and shows polish. Shows the ability to operate and deliver throws on time and in rhythm on a variety of concepts. 

— Good height and above-average bulk for the QB position. 

— Adequate athlete. Not a true creator but flashes the ability to throw off-platform or run the ball when needed.

      

NEGATIVES

— Robotic to a fault at times when going through his progressions. Would like to see him shortcut his eyes and feet more consistently.

— Will wish his receivers open at times instead of working to check it down. Throws some head-scratchers.

— Sails throws when he's late or doesn't come off a progression. 

— Has had several operations on his left knee that has caused him to miss a good chunk of time in high school and college.

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2020 STATISTICS

5 G, 129-of-195 (66.2%), 1,508 YDS, 7 TD, 3 INT, 3 RUSHING TD

       

OVERALL 

Davis Mills bounced back from knee surgeries in high school and the beginning of college to start 11 games over his last two seasons. Mills flashes tight footwork, accuracy and timing, but he is inconsistent in his ability to progress and not force throws to his covered receivers.

He will spray throws high, which can lead to some scary moments for his receivers and offensive play-callers. When he doesn't come off his initial reads, it leads to some head-scratching Mills shows enough ability to be a good NFL backup with a chance to ascend if he continues to improve his eyes.

       

GRADE: 7.2/10 (Spot Starter, 4th Round)

OVERALL RANK: 135/300

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PRO COMPARISON: Brandon Weeden

    

Written by B/R NFL Scout Nate Tice