Mills' combination of physical traits and collegiate background make him an intriguing prospect
Davis Mills certainly didn't put up huge numbers in college, but the former Stanford quarterback is still considered one of the top prospects at the position in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft. Mills may not generate the same type of buzz as some of his peers, but his combination of talent and background could have him come off the board earlier than expected.
Here's a look at what teams like and have some concerns about when it comes to taking a chance on Mills.
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Davis Mills Draft Profile
Mills’ combination of size, athleticism and an easy throwing motion suggests untapped upside. He throws from a naturally wide base with a repeatable motion, his loose athleticism leading to the ball exploding off his hand. He has the ability to make the requisite throws, as well as the ability to keep zip and accuracy on the ball when throwing from a muddy pocket. He comes from a pro-style offense in which he was willing to hang in and work through progressions, and he has a nice feel for ball placement on back-shoulder throws. He’s a good athlete who can threaten with his legs at times.
He has essentially one season’s worth of starts under his belt, and even in college there were times when Mills was unclear on what he was seeing. Everything will be sped up in the NFL, and he’ll either have to increase his processing speed or become more adept at creating space.
He’s an obvious talent coming from an NFL-approved program. He’s a risk considering his limited experience, but it’s easy to see that he has starting-caliber talent.
Final Grade: 2nd/3rd round