No. 1 overrated Jaguars AFC South rival: Davis Mills, QB – Texans
Five quarterbacks were taken in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft and most of them went on to start for their respective teams. The Houston Texans also selected a signal-caller, Davis Mills, but waited until the third round to do so. The plan was to let the rookie out of Stanford develop behind Tyrod Taylor but a hamstring injury force the Texans to scratch those plans.
Mills went on to appear in 13 games with 11 starts and completed 66.8 percent of his passes for 2,664 yards with 16 touchdowns with 10 interceptions. Those are solid numbers coming from a rookie, especially when you take into account that wide receiver Brandin Cooks might have been his only weapon.
Having said that you won’t hear talking heads discuss Mills in the same breath as fellow sophomore quarterbacks Zach Wilson and Trevor Lawrence and that’s because he might not be as talented. One closer look at his numbers last year will show he wasn’t as good as his final statline might suggest. He failed to pass for 200 yards in six games and 100 yards in two. Furthermore, he averaged 6.76 yards per attempt. In his defense, he only had one multi-interception game once, and just like Lawrence, he didn’t have a good supporting cast.
The Texans will go with Mills as their starting quarterback in 2022 and will give him a chance to show he’s the long-term answer at the position. There’s a chance he will make the most of his chance but it’s equally possible that he might have overachieved as a rookie.