Houston Texans: Davis Mills
If there was any performance by a young QB that was more eyebrow-raising than others, it was the performance of Houston Texans top pick Davis Mills.
As a matter of fact, it was Mills’ development over the course of the 2021 season that made it so unbelievable the Texans would make head coach David Culley a scapegoat after the season was over.
Regardless of who is the Texans’ head coach in 2022, this team is clearly rebuilding. What Mills showed in 2021 indicates to me that he should be given all of 2022 as a trial year.
The Texans can use the 2022 offseason to focus their rebuilding efforts elsewhere, targeting a player like Aidan Hutchinson, Evan Neal, or Kayvon Thibodeaux atop the 2022 NFL Draft while passing on the quarterback position.
Mills has effectively eliminated Houston’s need to make a desperation move at the position.
Considering he didn’t even start a full season’s worth of games at Stanford, his play in 2021 is even more stunning.
Now, Nick Caserio can rebuild the roster in peace. He essentially went to the NFL’s version of the “dollar store” in 2021 for free agent acquisitions, but with a new head coach in place and Mills as the projected starter, he can make some bigger splashes and bigger strides toward getting this team back into relevance.