Houston Texans Draft: QB Davis Mills selected 67th overall in surprising choice

Davis Mills, Houston Texans

Stanford Cardinal quarterback Davis Mills (15) Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Texans have made their 2021 NFL Draft choice at 67th overall, and that player is quarterback Davis Mills of Stanford.

With this choice, this shows the Houston Texans don’t know what is happening long-term with current starting quarterback Deshaun Watson and his off-the-field issues, plus remember he demanded to be traded this offseason as well.

This offseason the Houston Texans also signed Tyrod Taylor, giving the Texans a Plan B if Watson isn’t on the field this season. As for Mills, this wouldn’t be the first choice in a selection in the third round, but this is a pick for future seasons and not the 2021 season.

The 6’4”, 225-pound Davis Mills played in 14 total collegiate games in three season, where he was 287-of-438 for 3,468 yards with 18 touchdowns and eight interceptions. In his senior season, he was 129-of-195 for 1,508 with seven touchdowns and three interception in five games. Also in ’20, Mills rushed the football 30 times for 37 yards.

This pick by first-year general manager Nick Caserio is a bit of a surprise for the third round as the Texans do need to build depth on their defense as well, but in some sort of confusing way, there is a way to understand why the Houston Texans selected a quarterback at 67th overall in the draft.

This might not be the most need-based pick made by the Houston Texans, but it is easy to see Caserio is looking forward to future seasons, and the ’21 season will be a season to learn for the Texans as they get accustomed to new head coach David Culley and his offensive system.

Mills has to use this season as a year to just learn everything, and having Taylor on the roster will be a great help for this process. AFC South rival, the Jacksonville Jaguars also drafted a quarterback in the 2021 NFL Draft, as they selected Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 overall pick.

All in all, this is a surprising choice made by the Texans, and this pick will take some time to see how things turn out. What this pick does is shows us the writing is on the wall for Deshaun Watson in ’21 and probably beyond this season.