Texans draft Davis Mills in case they lose Deshaun Watson

Texans draft Davis Mills in case they lose Deshaun Watson

Davis Mills, the Texans’ hedge against Deshaun Watson possibly not playing this year.

Davis Mills, the Texans’ hedge towards Deshaun Watson probably not enjoying this yr.
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There are few axioms this time of yr that ring extra true than “actions converse louder than phrases.” The Houston Texans, with their first alternative to make a choose within the draft, demonstrated that assertion completely in choosing a quarterback within the third spherical regardless of basically being silent in regards to the Deshaun Watson scenario.

With the 67th general choose, the Texans chosen Davis Mills, quarterback out of Stanford. The NFL Community broadcast crew, anchored by Wealthy Eisen, was surprised. “What? What?” Eisen repeated for a stable minute. It was a daring, non-verbal assertion in regards to the uncertainty surrounding the group, and round Deshaun Watson particularly.

The information round Watson has been quiet during the last couple weeks, however the NFL calendar continues to maneuver. Because the season grows ever nearer, Houston has no alternative than to stare down the elephant within the room and work out what life with out Watson might appear to be. They made the choice so as to add to their quarterback room, which at the moment consists of veteran journeyman Tyrod Taylor and Ryan Finley. Because the authorized course of continues to tug on surrounding the 22 civil lawsuits that Watson is going through, there’s rising hypothesis that Watson won’t play this season.

Mills is an intriguing prospect. He was a five-star recruit and the No. 1 ranked pro-style quarterback within the 2017 class, earlier than injuring his knee in his last highschool recreation. He sat out his first yr at Stanford whereas rehabbing the damage, after which re-injured it as he was near being prepared. That led to a different season on the shelf.

The as soon as highly-touted recruit has restricted video games performed in faculty due to the accidents and a COVID-shortened 2020 season, however the instruments are there for Mills to be a developmental quarterback on the NFL stage.

To the Texans followers on the market, this was a “no no, I simply have some mud in my eyes. I’m positive” kind of second. All of the promise and hope of a company helmed by a celebrity quarterback has gone up in flames within the final yr. Invoice O’Brien tanked the franchise and moved their draft picks within the course of, the quarterback that was purported to be their savior is going through 22 lawsuits for sexual misconduct, organizational pillar J.J. Watt is now in Arizona with former Texans star vast receiver DeAndre Hopkins, and now Texans followers are confronted with the stark actuality that comes with drafting a developmental quarterback. It’s going to be an extended highway to therapeutic in Houston.