Change is inevitable for the Houston Texans.
It all started when the Houston Texans traded star Quarterback Deshaun Watson to the Browns for many picks, showing their confidence in former Stanford star quarterback Davis Mills. Then, with the allegations against Watson, Mills seized his opportunity and showed glimpses of greatness over the course of the season.
Mills had a solid rookie year as he threw for 2,664 yards while completing 66.8% of passes and throwing for 14 touchdowns behind a mediocre offensive line. The former Stanford star exhibits excellent arm strength and a significant pocket presence.
Mills owns an outstanding IQ and throws with pinpoint accuracy. With that being said, don’t be surprised if they decide to take a quarterback in the mid-rounds to bring competition.
Keep in mind that the only other quarterbacks on the roster are Kyle Allen and Jeff Driskel. So unless a veteran signs with the Houston Texans before the draft, here are three names to watch for.
First on the list of potential Davis Mills Backups: Bailey Zappe, Eastern Kentucky
Bailey Zappe had a record-shattering season with the Hilltoppers. Zappe absolutely shattered Joe Burrows’ single-season passing yards and touchdown record as he threw for 5,967 yards with 62 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
Zappe, like Mills, has a fabulous pocket presence and an absolute cannon of an arm. In addition, he’s got a great medium and deep accuracy. As shown by his 4.88 40-yard dash time, he’s not very mobile, but he can get out of the pocket when needed.
As the NFL progresses and evolves, more and more coaches will look for more mobile quarterbacks. Not to mention as NFL.com notes, that he struggles with throwing on the run and is not a very tight-window passer.
With the talent he owns, I see him projected to be taken between the second and third rounds. However, I believe he can start somewhere in the future, if not be a quality backup for the Houston Texans.