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What to make of Texans’ Davis Mills draft pick

The Texans went with Davis Mills in the third round. What does it mean for the future of the position in Houston?

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The Houston Texans did not take part in the first or second rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft, but they made quite the newsworthy selection with their first pick in the third round. With the No. 67 overall draft choice, the Texans landed former Stanford Cardinal quarterback Davis Mills.

With the uncertainty of the ongoing Deshaun Watson situation, it certainly feels like this is the organization officially moving on from him as the franchise quarterback. Things were already not headed in the right direction earlier this offseason when Watson was frustrated with the franchise and wanted out, and nobody knows what will happen now that he is involved in some serious off-the-field controversy.

Mills does not have a ton of experience even at the college level, and he is a bit of a project in the NFL. He has plenty of tools to one day become a starter in this league, but it’s clear he needs more experience running an offense. Mills will be on the bench to start his career, but who he will be working behind is not entirely clear. Given how this situation is playing, there is a good chance he will start out his professional career learning from Tyrod Taylor. It seems a strong possibility that Taylor is Texans’ starting quarterback in Week 1.