Quantifying Quarterbacks: Davis Mills

Quantifying Quarterbacks is an NFL Draft targeted quarterback charting undertaking geared towards offering as a lot details about as a lot of a quarterback’s latest profession as doable. Over 20 information factors are recorded for any given move try, starting from down-and-distance, personnel grouping, play-action, depth of goal, accuracy, and rather more. Quantifying Quarterbacks charts the whole thing of a quarterback’s ultimate school season, in addition to a smaller pattern (4 video games) from their earlier season. All of this charting is finished manually by me throughout and after the faculty soccer season. For a extra in-depth have a look at what precisely Quantifying Quarterbacks is, here’s a hyperlink to final yr’s ultimate product: 2020 Quantifying Quarterbacks.

Distance (Utilization Charge)

Left Outdoors

Left Center

Proper Center

Proper Outdoors


4/9 (1 TD)

1/6 (2 INT)


6/15 (2 TD)

13/36 (3 TD, 2 INT)



5/7 (1 TD, 1 INT)


13/25 (1 TD, 1 INT)

4/9 (2 TD, 1 INT)

14/16 (1 INT)

8/11 (1 TD)


29/43 (3 TD, 2 INT)

3/4 (1 TD)



5/8 (1 TD)

36/50 (2 TD)

8/10 (1 INT)




67/82 (1 INT)



20/23 (1 TD)


56/68 (1 TD)

29/46 (5 TD, 1 INT)

84/111 (3 INT)

74/94 (3 TD, 1 INT)

27/53 (3 TD)

214/304 (10 TD, 6 INT)

Video games Charted: USC (2019), Cal (2019), Washington (2019), Notre Dame (2019), Colorado (2020), Cal (2020), Washington (2020), UCLA (2020)


Blatant Drops: 13 (4.22%)

Compelled Changes: 23 (7.47%)

Contested Drops: 13 (4.22%)

Passes Defended: 32 (10.39%)

Explosive: 24 (7.79%)

Throwaways: 4

Stanford QB Davis Mills’ accuracy by goal space is perplexing. To all however one space of the sector, Mills posted average-or-worse accuracy marks. Mills was significantly tough down the sector, posting the worst and second-worst marks within the 16-20 and 20-plus yard ranges, respectively. Mills additionally tied for the fewest quantity of correct passes behind the road of scrimmage regardless of Stanford’s offense asking him to do it at a comparatively excessive fee.

And but, Mills was barely above-average to the 11-15 yard vary, which is each the hardest and Most worthy a part of the sector by way of analysis, for my cash. Mills was particularly robust on Stanford’s many seam routes, typically exhibiting off ok contact and velocity to position these throws precisely. The caveat is that just one different QB on this class (Jamie Newman) focused that space much less typically, so it could be honest to say Mills tended to focus on that space when it was clearly favorable, versus others akin to Zach Wilson and Trey Lance who had been extra keen to check their luck in that tough space of the sector.

What additionally stands out with Mills’ numbers on this part is how alarming his pressured changes and passes defended charges are. Solely Kyle Trask threw extra passes that required changes from his receivers, whereas no different QB had their passes outright defended than Mills. In reality, no different QB even cleared the ten% mark in that space, and solely three cleared 9%. It’s clear within the charting information that Mills frequently put the ball in hurt’s approach and made issues tough for his broad receivers, which is a sentiment that presents itself even when simply watching the movie. A very good portion of this has to do with how typically Mills will hearth into home windows that aren’t there as a result of he failed to think about how shifting components in zone protection work together with one another.

Lastly, Mills’ explosive move fee is horrendous. His 7.79% fee of explosive passes is the worst within the class by greater than a full proportion level. A few of this may be blamed on Stanford’s offense not having essentially the most stud-filled pass-catching corps, however as talked about earlier than, Mills was merely not correct down the sector. The blame right here is equal among the many two events, at finest.


Adjusted Accuracy: 69.21%

Outdoors the Pocket Share: 8.12%

Adjusted Accuracy Outdoors the Pocket: 60.00%

Below Strain Share: 13.64%

Adjusted Accuracy Below Strain: 67.38%

Most Widespread Personnel Package deal: 10 personnel (47.08%)

Shotgun Share: 91.23%

Empty Formations Frequency: 1.21%

Play-Motion / RPO Share: 17.21%

Play-Motion Adjusted Accuracy: 72.83%

Designed Rollout Frequency: 3.90%

Mills’ total accuracy does him no assist. At 69.21%, the one QB on this class to fare worse than him was Newman. Mond was the one different QB, along with Mills and Newman, to fall beneath the 70% mark. Seeing as Mills was already seen (or ought to be) as a Day 3 decide, it’s not too shocking that that is his firm, however there isn’t a “diamond within the tough” feeling together with his total accuracy numbers.

Maybe essentially the most attention-grabbing a part of Mills’ profile is how he fared beneath stress. On the one hand, Mills’ 67.38% adjusted accuracy beneath stress is great. Mills is considered one of simply three QBs to clear the 60% mark and solely Mac Jones earned a greater determine on this space. Nonetheless, Mills was additionally pressured much less typically than all of his friends on this class. One would possibly anticipate that being pressured much less typically permits a QB some ease of thoughts within the occasion that he’s pressured, seeing because the psychological toll of being pressured tends so as to add up over the course of a recreation. That was seldom a problem Mills needed to cope with.

The one different notable items on this part are minor. For one, Mills not often performed out of empty. As I’ve mentioned many instances earlier than, I consider taking part in from empty can showcase a QB’s capacity to play quick, correct soccer and helps illustrate how a lot a training workers trusted them. Stanford had the OL to carry up in empty, too, so it’s considerably curious to me that Stanford hardly used it with Mills on the helm.

The ultimate observe, which is neither a criticism or reward of Mills, is that my personnel charting is predicated on alignment, not no matter gamers are designated on the depth chart. It’s only a means to assist me see how typically a crew was going four-wide versus, say, having two tight ends on the road of scrimmage. Stanford performed with tight ends typically, however frequently lined them up in these four-wide formations, which is why Mills’ “10 personnel” fee is so excessive regardless of what all of us consider the Stanford offense to be.

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Avg. Variety of Go Rushers: 4.22

Three or Fewer Go Rushers Frequency: 12.01%

4 Go Rushers Frequency: 62.34%

5 Go Rushers Frequency: 18.51%

Six or Extra Go Rushers Frequency: 7.14%

Mills is one other QB on this class whose fee of blitzes confronted is sort of low. Maybe this was as a result of Pac-12 groups are simply much less aggressive generally, maybe it’s as a result of defenses didn’t really feel the necessity to stress Mills as a way to bait poor choices out of him. Given Mills’ excellence whereas beneath stress in comparison with his questionable resolution making with further our bodies in protection, the latter rationalization actually holds some water.


third/4th Down Adjusted Accuracy: 61.60%

third/4th Down Conversion Charge: 46.91%

4th Quarter/Extra time Adjusted Accuracy: 52.87%

Pink Zone Adjusted Accuracy: 58.44%

To be blunt: Mills has the worst situational profile of any QB on this class. Mills has the bottom accuracy numbers within the fourth quarter/extra time in addition to within the purple zone, and is barely barely higher than Trey Lance on third/fourth downs. Mills’ conversion fee on third/fourth downs can be third-worst within the class. There isn’t a actual redeeming issue right here.

Furthermore, the opposite QB with some questionable numbers throughout the board in situational soccer is Lance. The distinction, nevertheless, is Lance is an distinctive runner. Lance picked up numerous conversions and touchdowns together with his legs, each by way of scrambles and designed runs. As such, you may make the argument that Lance’s passing numbers have a little bit of a variety bias going, since lots of his constructive performs in these splits weren’t passes. Mills is nowhere near that kind of athlete and doesn’t get that very same advantage of doubt.


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