Houston Texans Draft Davis Mills as their First Quarterback in the 2021 NFL Draft

Published 05/01/2021, 2:55 PM EDT


The 2020 NFL season did not end on a positive note for Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans. The AFC South old boys parted ways with former GM/HC Bill O’Brien midway through the 2020 NFL season after starting the campaign with four back-to-back losses. Interim HC Romeo Crennel steadied the ship (somewhat) later on.

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Oct 4, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) walks off the field after a loss to the Minnesota Vikings at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

However, the Texans still finished third in their division with a 4-12 record. They’ve also parted ways with star defensive end JJ Watt in the offseason. Not to mention, the situation involving wantaway quarterback Deshaun Watson.

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But new head coach David Culley has managed to find a potential backup to Watson in the ongoing 2021 NFL Draft in the form of a young quarterback.

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Houston Texans rope in Stanford’s Davis Mills in the 2021 NFL Draft

Houston Texans moved quickly to select Stanford quarterback Davis Mills as the 67th pick in the 3rd round of the ongoing 2021 NFL Draft. The youngster threw for 1,508 passing yards with 7 passing TDs in 5 games for Stanford last year.

Newly-appointed GM Nick Caseiro spoke about the selection of Mills and how he is the correct candidate to work along with QBs Watson and Tyrod Taylor.

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“It’s just part of the team-building process. I wouldn’t say there was any one specific factor, or any one particular thing that goes into it. … When it came time to pick at 67, we felt like that was the best decision for our team at the time. It doesn’t impact anybody. Again, our whole philosophy has been to create as much competition as possible and we’ll continue to do that,” Caseiro said earlier today.

It must be noted that Davis was a top-rated prospect out of high school. A five-star recruit, Mills was ranked as the top quarterback in his class. However, two consecutive injuries hurt his progress as a quarterback during his time at Stanford.

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He will be third in the quarterback depth chart in Texas. But with the situation involving Deshaun Watson, the depth chart might undergo a change or two in the build-up to the 2021 NFL season.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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