The Houston Texans are in full rebuild mode. Quite frankly, I don’t think that’s a secret to anyone. It’s been a heck of a year for Texans fans. From Bill O’Brien assuming GM duties and destroying the roster, to a poor hiring process involving Nick Caserio at GM, to Deshaun Watson’s sexual misconduct allegations. After O’Brien executed a trade for Dolphins left tackle Laremy Tunsil, the Texans sent a handful of draft picks to Miami. As a result, Houston didn’t have draft pick in the 2021 NFL Draft until the third round. With that pick, the Houston Texans selected Stanford QB Davis Mills. As we’ll explain in this article, the Texans made a mistake drafting Mills.
While preparing for the 2021 NFL Draft, I couldn’t help but fall in love with Davis Mills’ tape at Stanford. Mills took over for KJ Costello, who eventually transferred from Stanford to Mississippi State. It became apparent very quickly that Mills was the more talented player. However, Mills had limited playing time at Stanford, only having played in 14 games.
Despite the limited playing time, Mills still had solid stats. He finished with a 141.9 passer efficiency rating, 3,468 passing yards, and 18 touchdowns.
Davis Mills has an uphill battle after taking over for KJ Costello at Stanford, but he’s really talented. This is just one of many examples. pic.twitter.com/REfspbMEWH
— Brian Lamb (@brianlamb_ISN) June 21, 2020
Why The Houston Texans Made A Mistake Drafting Davis Mills
As explained earlier, the Texans entered the 2021 NFL Draft with limited draft picks. Using one of those picks on Davis Mills, essentially a developmental quarterback, just doesn’t seem well thought out in my opinion. The team is likely to have a high draft pick in the 2022 NFL Draft – as in a top five pick overall. With a slew of top talent available at the quarterback position, the Texans could have easily addressed a more pressing need.
The Houston Texans weighed value at the position, along with a need at quarterback, but if the preseason is any indication, the organization swung and miss with Davis Mills.