Davis Mills (Houston Texans)
- 2021 Stats:
- 12 games
- 66.5 completion percentage
- 2,363 passing yards, 13 touchdowns, 10 interceptions
- 85.2 passer rating
Now, acquiring Davis Mills would speak volumes about how the Vikings feel about the development of Kellen Mond (especially since both quarterbacks were 2021 third-round draft picks). But trading for Mills would be a low-risk move that could result in a high reward for Minnesota.
Behind Mac Jones of the New England Patriots, some would argue that Mills has been the best rookie quarterback in the NFL during the 2021 season.
During the 2021 campaign, the first-year Texans signal-caller has had a higher QBR and EPA (expected points added) than Justin Fields and Zach Wilson. Trevor Lawrence does have a higher QBR than Mills after the first 17 weeks of the season, but it’s by a 10th of a point (32.1 to 32.0).
With Houston in 2021, he’s had plenty of moments that have reminded everyone that he’s a rookie. However, he’s also put together several performances that have shown he could be capable of developing into a solid NFL quarterback.
Landing with the terrible Texans probably hasn’t helped Mills at all either. Who knows how much better his rookie numbers might look if he were the one drafted by the Patriots and not Jones.
Mills still has three years left on his contract, a contract that doesn’t have a single-season cap hit higher than $1.6 million. His low salary cap hits would allow the Vikings to make a lot of improvements to their roster during the next few years and that, alone, might be worth trading for.