Knees (2017 and 2018)
Cal (2020), Colorado (2020), Notre Dame (2019), USC (2019)
Mills is a big and strong bodied QB. He has a quick fluid release of the football. His passes come out of his hand with velocity and zip. He is extremely accurate with his short throws and has the capability to throw the ball on a rope on intermediate passes. He flashed great touch on tough intermediate routes. His footwork for an inexperienced QB is exciting. He drives off his front foot and can set his feet anywhere in the pocket to deliver a strike. His play action game has the potential to be deadly. He has the mechanics and timing to set up and execute play action down the field.
Davis has little film and only started 11 games. Mills struggles working through his progressions. He hits the panic button if his 1st read is not there, which causes ill advised decisions. He tends to stare down his receivers, causing turnovers. He struggles to push the ball down the field and if he does not set his feet, his throws become erratic. He has a tendency to hold on to the ball too long, causing sacks. Davis is not an elite athlete. His mobility is limited most of the time, which could prove to be an issue in today's NFL. He has battled knee injuries, which raises red flags on his durability.
Mills is inexperienced. He is a pocket passer, which is a dying breed in the NFL. However he shows flashes of potential of being a starter in the NFL. He has great size. He is a natural thrower of football. He has a quick twitch like release. He throws the ball with great zip and touch. He possesses great footwork, which is expected coming from Coach Shaw's system. Although his mechanics and passing skills are excellent, it's his vision and decision making that is holding him back. Mills stares down his targets and struggles reading his progressions. He tends to hold on to the ball too long and wilts under pressure. Mobility is also a major concern for Mills. He struggles to evade pass rushers. The health of his knees are a concern. He has the tools to become a starter in the NFL. However, it will require the right system and coach to fix his vision and mental mistakes. He could be a mid-round draft pick for a team looking for a developmental project with a lot of upside.
Mills lacks athleticism. His ability to evade defenders in the pocket is concerning and limited. He clocked a surprising 4.6 40 yard dash at his pro day, but that speed has not translated to the football field. He showed great potential in the play action passing game. His timing and footwork allowed for a lot of success in the play action game.
Scrambling Ability and
RPO and Play Action
Pocket Mobility/Avoid Pressure
Big Play Ability
Big Play Ability
Touch and Ball Placement
Mills possess elite passing skills. His delivery and release is quick and efficient, which fits well in many NFL schemes. He displays a lot of touch and accuracy on short to intermediate throws. He struggles to push the ball down the field as he has to learn to throw away from the safety. He has the arm talent and impeccable footwork to create big plays.
Poise in Pocket
Mills only started 11 game in his collegiate career, but was productive in those games. He occasionally improvised with pressure in his face, but his pocket presence is weak. He tends to sense pressure too early, which results in him running into a sack or throwing the ball into coverage. Coach Shaw commends Mills for his leadership and it was clear on the field he had the respect of his teammates.
Mills decision making and vision is questionable. He struggles to read through his progressions and tends to lock eyes on one target. This caused turnovers and errant passes. Mills's instincts are there, but are overshadowed by mental errors and inexperience.