The 2021 NFL Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future. Here is the Davis Mills 2021 NFL Draft Profile.
Davis Mills Background
Size: 6-foot-4, 217 pounds
Class: Redshirt Junior
2020 stats: 1,508 passing yards, 7 touchdowns, 3 interceptions, 66.2 percent completion, 7.7 yards per attempt
Mills didn’t get a chance to play too many collegiate games, but played solidly when he did. He is now one of the players rising up boards for the 2021 NFL Draft.
As a prospect, Mills was one of the most coveted players out of the state of Georgia, but he decided to go to college across campus at Stanford. He redshirted in his first season, but played in one game as a sophomore. In 2019, Mills made six starts in eight games played. He passed for 1,960 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions on 65.6 percent completion. Stanford struggled that year with a 4-8 record. In 2020, Mills passed for 1,508 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions on 66.2 percent completion. The Cardinal finished 4-2 in an abbreviated season.
Although he doesn’t have much experience, Mills has shown to be a solid college player. He is currently projected to be a second to fourth round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Mills has the build that NFL teams are looking for in a quarterback. He stands at 6-foot-4 and 217 pounds, which gives him the height to see over the offensive line and enough weight ot be durable in the NFL. Mills could stand to add some play strength, but he has fine measurables.
His ability to throw the ball to hit a receiver right after he breaks optimizes the chances of a reception and yards after the catch. Mills anticipates well and clearly is on the same page as his receivers. He will be able to throw receivers open at the next level because of his anticpation.
He has good mechanics, which includes good footwork and his throwing motion. Mills’ footwork demonstrates his ability to not panic and to trust himself in the pocket. His throwing motion is nice and smooth. Unlike other quarterbacks in the class, Mills has experience playing under center and is familiar with the mechanics associated with that.
At Stanford, Mills only had 11 games as a starter. He will be one of the most inexperienced players in the entire class. Teams will be picking him on limited game tape and will hope that he can live up to his recruiting ranking. In the games that he did play, he was solid, but it will still be a risk taking Mills.
Mills isn’t a mobile quarterback. Teams drafting him will have to be fine with him being a pure pocket player. He doesn’t escape pressure well and isn’t a threat to run the ball. With new age offenses requiring mobility from their quarterback, Mills may be limited to teams who are ok with his limited escapability.
He has a tendency to stare down his receivers, which causes problems. Players in zone can read his eyes and break on the ball. It also shows that he gets caught on his first read too often. Mills needs to look to his second and third options more often to keep defenses honest.
Projected Draft Range: Second Round Pick-Fourth Round Pick
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