The Bucs have selected Florida quarterback Kyle Trask with the 64th overall pick in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft.
Tampa bay entered this year’s in a unique position. After becoming the first team in the NFL’s salary cap era to bring all 22 of their Super Bowl-winning starters back for the following season, the Bucs had no glaring needs to fill and used their first-round pick to bolster depth at defensive line with Washington edge Joe Tryon. In the second round Tampa Bay added a young quarterback in Trask.
Pewter Report’s Scott Reynolds wrote about Trask in one of his Fab. 5 columns earlier this month. Read some of SR’s evaluation below.
Some NFL Draft analysts have Trask as the No. 6 QB in this year’s draft class. Other analysts have Trask No. 7 behind Stanford’s Davis Mills. I think Trask is a better fit for the Bucs because he’s more accomplished and has a bigger, more durable frame. The 6-foot-5, 236-pound Trask is a classic pocket passer. Some within the Bucs organization have said he resembles a younger, slightly more athletic Brad Johnson.
Trask came in fourth in the Heisman Trophy race after passing for 4,283 yards with an FBS-high 43 touchdowns with just eight interceptions last year as a senior. After winning the job from Feleipe Franks in 2019, Trask threw for nearly 3,000 yards with 25 TDs and seven INTs in his first real year in Dan Mullins’ offense.
TRASK’S FLORIDA CAREER PASSING STATS 2018: 14-of-22 (63.6 percent) for 162 yards with 1 TD 2019: 237-of-354 (66.9 percent) for 2,941 yards with 25 TDs and 7 INTs 2020: 301-of-437 (68.9 percent) for 4,283 yards with 43 TDs and 8 INTs
Trask had a plethora of weapons to throw to over the last two years at Florida, including tight end Kyle Pitts and receivers Kadarius Toney, Van Jefferson and Trevon Grimes. Even if he doesn’t have the talent alone to carry an offense, that’s not a concern in Tampa Bay. The Bucs have the biggest and best offensive arsenal in the NFL in tight ends Rob Gronkowski, O.J. Howard and Cam Brate, wide receivers Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Scotty Miller and running backs Leonard Fournette, Ronald Jones II and Giovani Bernard.
Trask doesn’t have an overly strong arm and he’s not very mobile. He’s more of a touch passer, but he’s accurate, has great ball placement and makes good decisions.
Watch Trask’s Florida highlight video below
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