The Atlanta Falcons are going to take a quarterback in the 2021 NFL Draft. The only question is where they do it.
Even with those things in play, it still should be expected that the Falcons take a quarterback at some point, if not just for depth purposes only.
There is only one quarterback on the roster currently- Matt Ryan- and even if the Falcons address the backup spot with a free-agent, they’re still going to be looking for a mid-round or late-round project who could potentially turn into a ‘diamond in the rough’ before it’s all said and done.
How Stanford’s Davis Mills could potentially be the answer for the Atlanta Falcons
Davis Mills is one of the most intriguing quarterback prospects in this class who isn’t inside the top-five of the position.
Some have never even heard of him. Some have heard of him, but haven’t taken the time to go watch the film.
Mills isn’t going to light you up with insane athleticism and mind-blowing plays, but he shows solid accuracy and a big arm on film. He can make anticipatory throws and has the perfect frame (6-foot-4, 217 pounds) to play the position at the next level.
He’s expected according to most draft experts to go somewhere in the realm of Rounds 3-4 and that would be the perfect time for the Falcons to take a chance on him, if they were to go that route.
There’s a reason that Mills isn’t going to be a first-rounder. He suffered injuries that held him out of games and hasn’t been consistent, but look at the program he’s coming from- no offense to Stanford. You’ve got to look past the statistics and results from a team perspective and look at what he as an individual was able to do, with a less-than-stellar team, mind you.
In the end, he may not ever develop into a NFL-caliber starter but if I was going to take a chance on any of the late-round quarterbacks, he’s the first one I would consider.
Inconsistency can be fixed, but the arm strength, size, accuracy and anticipation that he possesses can’t- at least in most cases.