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The Houston Texans are preparing for the 2022 NFL season, with their starter Davis Mills again. While some believe the club could be in the market for an upgrade, NFL teams seem to perceive the situation completely differently.
Despite recent rumors of an NFL draft, it is still clear that the front office across the league is not very high in terms of quarterbacks eligible for draft 2022. Although there is some momentum for Malik Willis, the feeling around the NFL is that this year is not reliable starter available.
- Statistics of Davis Mills (2021): 2,664 yards, 16-10 TD-INT, 88.8 QB rating, 2-9 record
It seems that Texans would be in a great position to design one of the best call signals available. However, the club has expressed confidence in second-year defender Davis Mills, and this feeling is reportedly shared by several NFL teams.
According to Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated, several teams that rated the quarterback class for 2022 believe Mills would be the best quarterback if he was suitable for the draft.
This might come as a surprise given that Houston selected the Mills with the 67th pick in the NFL 2021 draft. However, there are real reasons to believe that the franchise will give him another season as a starter.
Why Davis Mills won the starting place in 2022
The 23-year-old definitely offers a quality resume. in 2017, he was a five-star recruiter who rated 247 Sports as the best professional-style defender in the country. Injuries and inconsistencies derailed his career at Stanford, but in 2021 he showed promising signs as a novice.
During the last five starts, Mills has shown better accuracy and better decision making. Despite operating behind a weak offensive line with a weak cast of supports, the young quarterback showed a promise and developed under the leadership of Pep Hamilton.
- Davis Mills statistics (weeks 13-17): Completion rate 68.4%, 9-2 TD-INT, 102.44. Rated QB, 1,258 yards
Houston will keep left tackled Laremy Tunsil for the upcoming season, and it is likely that Brandin Cooks will remain on the team. Although none of the players appear to be on the club’s long-term plans, they are influential players who will make it easier for Texans to properly score Mills in 2022.
That’s what the upcoming season is about. Houston wants to enter offseason 2023 knowing if he has a quarterback he can build or if he will have to apply one of the best tips in the 2023 NFL draft to a new face franchise.
If the Mills perform well and the Texans still get to the bottom of the table, don’t be surprised that the team that needs a quarterback will swap the next day’s selection for Mills.