NFL Network’s Peter Schrager had a big surprise for the Bucs in his first mock draft. Schrager didn’t have five quarterbacks going in the first round. He actually had six.

Schrager had Tampa Bay selecting Stanford quarterback Davis Mills with the No. 32 pick. That’s a shocker.

Schrager wrote: “I don’t know where Mills goes exactly, but the buzz around the league is that he could be a first-round pick and will most likely be the sixth quarterback selected. I’ll throw him to Tampa Bay, where he can learn from a pretty good QB1.”

The QB1 Schrager is referencing is Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady, of course. As Brady enters his second season with the Bucs he turns 44 on August 3. Mills would be viewed as his heir apparent.

Mills is widely regarded as the sixth quarterback in this year’s draft class with Florida’s Kyle Trask or Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond typically seventh. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound passer only played in 14 games at Stanford with 11 starts, including all five in the COVID-shortened 2020 campaign. He has completed 287-of-438 (65.5 percent) of his passes for 3,468 yards with 18 touchdowns and eight interceptions in his Cardinal career. Mills threw 11 touchdowns and five interceptions in eight games with six starts in 2019. He then passed for seven TDs and three INTs during five starts in his junior season.

Mills had a very good pro day in the rain, completing 50-of-54 passes and testing well. He ran an eye-opening 4.66, followed by a 4.58 time in the 40-yard dash. Not known for his mobility, Mills rushed for just 86 yards on 63 carries (1.4 avg.) and scoring three touchdowns at Stanford.

Schrager had quarterbacks going with the first three picks, led by Jacksonville taking Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence at No. 1. The New York Jets took Zach Wilson at No. 2, followed by San Francisco selecting Alabama’s Mac Jones at No. 3.

Shrager had New England trade up to draft Ohio State’s Justin Fields at No. 4. Denver took the fifth QB in the first round with North Dakota State’s Trey Lance at No. 9. All of those picks make sense. Yet the Bucs selecting Mills with the 32nd pick seems like quite a reach for a player generally thought of as a second- or third-rounder.

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11 days ago

I don’t know why you quote him. Maybe just filler since not much is going on. He’s a reporter and TV