With uncertainty at QB, Texans nab Mills in draft

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HOUSTON — The Houston Texans have taken a shot at discovering their future quarterback by drafting Stanford’s Davis Mills within the third spherical of the NFL draft.

With quarterback Deshaun Watson‘s future with the Texans unsure after an offseason the place he first demanded a commerce and at the moment faces 22 civil lawsuits alleging inappropriate conduct and sexual assault, Houston used the 67th choose — and its first of the 2021 draft — to draft Mills.

Together with Watson, the Texans have two different quarterbacks on their roster: Tyrod Taylor and Ryan Finley. When requested about Watson, Texans basic supervisor Nick Caserio stated drafting Mills “does not influence anyone.”

“Once more, our complete philosophy has been to create as a lot competitors as attainable, and we’ll proceed to try this,” Caserio stated.

And when Caserio was requested if he expects Mills to be the Texans’ future franchise quarterback, the final supervisor averted the query.

After Mills was drafted, the quarterback was requested what he knew about Watson’s present state of affairs.

“Not a lot about it, clearly,” Mills stated. “The one factor I can management is how I deal with myself.”

Mills has began simply 11 video games over two seasons, together with 5 in a shortened 2020 season. In line with ESPN Stats & Info, Mills had a 92.8 Whole QBR in begins towards ranked opponents over the past two years, third greatest within the FBS.

Mills stated he didn’t have a number of pre-draft interplay with the Texans, so he was “stunned by the decision” from Houston on Friday evening.

“I really feel like I’ve a ton of potential to return in and compete on the subsequent stage, and I am totally prepared in that method,” Mills stated.

When not pressured, Mills averaged 2.25 seconds earlier than the go, second solely to Trevor Lawrence amongst FBS quarterbacks ranked within the Scouts Inc. rankings and tenth total within the FBS, based on ESPN Stats & Info.

Mills is the primary quarterback taken by the Texans for the reason that group drafted Watson twelfth total in 2017.

The Texans additionally traded as much as draft broad receiver Nico Collins, making it the primary time since 2003 that Houston drafted an offensive talent participant with every of its first two picks.