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QB is the choice: Texans select Stanford's Davis Mills in 3rd round

The Texans took Stanford quarterback Davis Mills in the 3rd round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

He was the 67th overall pick and the first choice for the Texans in 2021.

"I can't wait to get out to Houston and meet the staff, meet the coaches, meet the players, and start putting my head down and get to work and start earning my teammates' trust," Mills said on a conference call with the media. "It's incredibly special. I started playing football when I was six years old, and this was always the dream: to get into the NFL. Then, the ultimate dream is winning Super Bowls. I want to have a chance to do that some day."

In 2020, Mills completed 66.2 percent of his passes for 1,508 yards, with seven touchdown passes and three interceptions. The year prior, he completed 65.6 percent of his passes for 1,960 yards, with 11 touchdowns and five interceptions.

General manager Nick Caserio liked that Mills' size, accuracy, decision-making and that he "played in a good offensive system".

With the 67th pick of the NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select Stanford QB Davis Mills.

Mills pointed to his "leadership ability" and "winning mentality" as two of his key strengths.

An Atlanta, Georgia native, Mills redshirted in 2017 as a freshman, appeared in one 2018 contest, before starting six games in 2019. In a 2020, the Pac-12 season was abbreviated to six games because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mills helped guide the Cardinal to a 4-2 record.

"I also was trained really well at Stanford on the mental side of the game as well," Mills said. "So I feel fully prepared to come in and compete and take my shot at the next level."

Mills joins Deshaun Watson, Tyrod Taylor and Ryan Finley as the quarterbacks on the Texans roster. Pep Hamilton is the quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator, and he has a Stanford connection. Hamilton coached in Palo Alto from 2010 through 2012. In 2011 and 2012, Hamilton was the offensive coordinator under head coach David Shaw.

Mills said he has a sister named Ali who lives in Houston, and he joked that he'll have a room stay in at her place in town.

In 2018, Houston was without first and second round picks, and didn't have a selection until the third round. That year, they took another Stanford Cardinal in safety Justin Reid.

Five other quarterbacks have been taken at 67th overall in the history of the NFL Draft.

The Texans' next pick is Saturday in the fourth round, at 109th overall.

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