Is Davis Mills the steal of the 2021 NFL Draft?

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It’s early, but it’s looking like the Houston Texans’ selection of Davis Mills could be the steal of the 2021 NFL Draft.

In last year’s draft, there were a ton of quarterbacks taken early, especially as the first three picks featured quarterbacks. Then there’s the little-known Davis Mills being selected by the Houston Texans in the third round with their first pick of the draft.

Who would’ve thought that Mills would be out-producing the likes of Justin Fields, Trey Lance, and Zach Wilson in terms of passing yards? Nobody did, and there’s no shame in that at all. Houston was the last destination any rookie wanted to go, especially seeing how bad it’s gotten here; no one gave Mills the chance to succeed.

Now, here he is doubling up the veteran Tyrod Taylor for wins this year (four as opposed to two) and the first winning streak for the Houston Texans this year. Houston upset the L.A. Chargers last Sunday and now must seriously consider Mills more weapons after getting rid of the likes of Mark Ingram, Randall Cobb, Phillip Lindsay, and the list goes on.

Could Davis Mills win the Rookie of the Year award for the Houston Texans?

Yes, Mac Jones has his team in the playoff race and has done enough to get the Patriots (sadly) back to relevancy again. However, when the game plan against the Buffalo Bills earlier this year resulted in Jones throwing only three passes, that’s probably a sign that Jones isn’t quite there as a rookie.

Weather conditions shouldn’t stop anyone from throwing the ball. The fact the gusts were up to 50mph is acknowledged- but the Bills still gave Josh Allen a chance to throw. Mills has one more 300-yard game than Jones, so at this point, it’s a toss-up. However, if Mills has back-to-back 300-yard games and the Texans win out, Mills should be in the discussion for the award.

It’s not the end of the world if Mills doesn’t get the award. But Mills’ progress with nothing but nobodies around him has to be respected.

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