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2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: QB Davis Mills

  • The Draft Network
  • December 30, 2020
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Davis Mills has average athleticism overall with regards to agility in and out of the pocket. He does a good job with subtle movements inside the pocket. However, on boots, naked, and RPOs, his lack of good athleticism and movement shows. He is a competitive player who has rallied his team from deficits. He is more accurate in the short to intermediate area than he is with his deep ball—although he shows moments of good touch on his deep passes. 

Ideal Role: Backup NFL quarterback.

Scheme Fit: Quick-timing passing offense with downfield vertical throws. This offense would ideally lack a lot of RPO and zone-read principles.


Written by Drae Harris

Games watched: Cal (2020), Oregon State (2020), Colorado (2020)

Best Game Studied: Oregon State (2020)

Worst Game Studied: Colorado (2020)

Accuracy: He is mostly accurate in the short to intermediate areas. There are instances of off-target balls down the field. He missed high on throws in the Colorado game. 

Decision Making: Generally speaking, he’s done a good job making decisions with the football. He will get to his safety valve when his primary downfield options are covered. He had seven touchdowns and three interceptions in a five-game season. 

Poise: There are moments where he sits in the pocket strong. There are also moments where he seems to panic and escapes the pocket prematurely. Overall, this is an area where the consistency needs to improve. 

Progression: He shows instances of getting through his progressions. On the contrary, he also has instances of feeling the rush and getting the ball to his check-down prematurely, which can either be attributed to poise or the lack of trust in the offensive line.

Release: Overall, there are no issues with his release. He holds the ball in a position where he can quickly release it in the quick game. His release is compact, high, and he does a good job holding it with two hands when there’s pressure around.  

Pocket Manipulation: This is an area that will not be a strength of his. While he does a good job of evading the rush while in the pocket, outside of the pocket his lack of good movement skills are prevalent. 

Arm Strength: His arm strength is sufficient. On many of his deep throws, the receivers have to stop and come back for the football. He can throw a bench route from the opposite hash and could sufficiently make most NFL throws with velocity and power.

Mobility: Mobility will not be a strong attribute in this player's game. He does a good job with subtle movements within the pocket with regards to evading the rush. However, on boots, naked, and RPOs, his lack of good athleticism and movement shows. 

Leadership: He demonstrates leadership on the field, particularly when adversity has been presented. He has rallied his team back from deficits. He was also voted a team captain.

Mechanics: He demonstrates good mechanics when in the pocket. However, he had instances of misses in the Colorado game. He plays with a good base and demonstrates good footwork in the pocket.


TDN Consensus: 74.63/100

Joe Marino: 75.50/100

Kyle Crabbs: 75.00/100

Jordan Reid: 75.00/100

Drae Harris: 73.00/100

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