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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Scott Reynolds is in his 27th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive coordinator/defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]
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Buc76
Buc76
1 year ago

I don’t know why you quote him. Maybe just filler since not much is going on. He’s a reporter and TV Host. They feed him information to get him talking. If they like this guy and he falls to them then maybe take him but don’t move up off this spot. If anything trade back and get more picks. We need depth for the inevitable injuries that we’ll suffer and to develop young players to play in a year or 2.

bucballer
bucballer
1 year ago

Preferably not! We need to draft an impact player who can help us this year make another run at a two peat! Because if Brady goes down to injury, this kid won’t be the one coming in for temporary duty. Get a Wirf or Winfield Jr. type player who can help now and possibly see the field immediately if needed!

Captain Sly
Captain Sly
1 year ago

Hot Take! Bucs are not going to burn a 1st on a project, we’ve been working on Ryan Griffin for years and look where that’s gotten us. Nowhere! Maybe we should hire a new project manager or something because this has taken way too long… Anyways it’s that time of year slow to no news and so you got to make Headlines somehow and this is whatcha get.

Horse
Horse
1 year ago

With other real needs at DL positions, I don’t see us taking a QB in the first round.

surferdudes
surferdudes
1 year ago

I believe the Bucs will take a Q.B. also. Just not with their first pick, perhaps their third. It would have to be Justin Fields falling to us at 32 for us to take a Q.B..

drdneast
drdneast
1 year ago

I’m sure Licht and BA will part ways with whatever thoughts they had about who they wanted to draft at No. 1 and take the advice of a morning show host.

drdneast
drdneast
1 year ago

For some unknown reason, that reminds me, whatever happened to the perennial Winston hating BucAssBob? Did he and his mom get thrown in jail after the insurrection at the Capitol.

BucHarbour
BucHarbour
1 year ago

Kid plays in 14 games with 11 starts and they anoint him a first rounder? You can’t be serious? If a sixth QB goes in the first round, it should either be Trask or Mond. If the Bucs are picking a QB at 32, and Mac Jones isn’t there, it should be Trask. I also don’t think they should grab a QB past the first round this year, as you wouldn’t have enough time left on the available rookie QB contract to make sure the guy is the starter post Brady. Better to pick one at 32 and get the… Read more »

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
1 year ago

From a standpoint of good sense (if not common sense), six first round quarterbacks itself is a stretch. While every team that does not have a great quarterback is always looking to upgrade, there are a lot of other positions that the same teams also need to upgrade, whether for starters, or quality developmental players for depth. Even very good teams still have a dire need for quality lineman, both offensive and defensive, as well as receivers, tight ends, defensive backfield, etc. I imagine that the Chiefs, for instance, now understand the value of having quality depth on the offensive… Read more »

Last edited 1 year ago by Naplesfan