Davis Mills Pick 'Doesn't Impact Any 1 Player Individually,' Texans GM Says

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMay 1, 2021

Stanford quarterback Davis Mills (15) looks for a receiver against the UCLA during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, in Pasadena, Calif. The Stanford won 48-47 in overtime. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
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One of the biggest surprises in the 2021 NFL draft was the Houston Texans using their first pick on quarterback Davis Mills

Amid numerous questions about Deshaun Watson on and off the field, Texans general manager Nick Caserio told reporters the addition of Mills "doesn't impact any one player individually."

"It's just part of the team-building process," Caserio added. "What we tried to do was evaluate the players on the board and go through our process. There were several players we were discussing in that range. When it came time to pick, we felt it was the best decision for our team at the time."

The offseason began with Watson requesting a trade from the Texans. The three-time Pro Bowler is currently facing 22 civil lawsuits from women who have accused him of sexual harassment and misconduct. 

Watson is also being investigated by the NFL because of the allegations that have been made. He could be suspended under the league's personal conduct policy. 

The Texans didn't have a pick in the first or second round this year as part of their deal with the Miami Dolphins for Laremy Tunsil. 

Mills was the third pick of the third round. The No. 67 overall selection is a talented prospect, but he is regarded as a developmental quarterback after starting just 11 games in three seasons at Stanford. The 22-year-old threw for 1,508 yards with a 66.2 completion percentage and seven touchdowns in five games last year. 

The Texans also have Tyrod Taylor and Ryan Finley on their quarterback depth chart behind Watson.