Falcons: Atlanta native Davis Mills is an intriguing project quarterback

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I already broke down the winners and losers of the Senior Bowl and some late round quarterback options. Davis Mills qualifies under both of those, but he isn’t a guy I have gone in-depth on. In a loaded 2017 high school quarterback (and overall) class featuring Tua Tagovailoa, Jake Fromm, Hunter Johnson, Tate Martell, Kellen Mond, and others… Davis Mills was at the top. A LOT of these guys disappointed big time, but they were all crown jewels of their classes coming out of high school.

The Greater Atlanta Christian product Mills went on to Stanford, and he had a very quiet college career. Mills struggled with injuries but has shown flashes of his potential at times. I’d be lying if I said I watched a lot of Stanford football in 2020 (I’m not watching the Pac-12 at 9 AM), but Mills puts a lot of impressive throws on tape.

With only 15 college games under his belt, Davis Mills was never asked to be five-star Elite 11 standout Davis Mills under David Shaw. He only started eight games as a junior and only got to play five in 2020 due to Larry Scott’s incompetence. However, Mills had a pretty good Senior Bowl week of practice, even though he didn’t play on Saturday.

Mills will never be mistaken for Lamar Jackson or Russell Wilson, but he moves well in the pocket and has some escapability. His big frame and arm talent cannot be overlooked — he puts some fantastic zip on the ball while fitting into some tight windows.


Obviously, these are only four plays, but it does show that there was a reason Mills was so highly regarded coming out of high school. I think he truly can be special, but he needs A LOT of development (including getting rid of those god awful Sam Bradford jersey sleeves).

With Matt Ryan in the fold for (in my opinion) at least three more seasons, Mills will have time to sit and develop his natural abilities into NFL talent. He may never become the guy he was projected to be coming into Stanford. Still, for someone who isn’t even mentioned in many prospect draft boards at all (not ranked by TDN or PFF), I think he’s well worth a look at late day two, early day three, or maybe even “buying” a seventh-round pick to use on him.

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