The Bucs entered the 2021 NFL Draft without many specific needs after returning all 22 starters from 2020, so it was a bit of a mystery what positions they would target when the draft actually arrived.

In round one the Bucs bolstered their defensive line depth with Washington edge Joe Tryon, one of Pewter Report’s Bucs’ Best Bets. Then in the second round Tampa Bay made a move that had been discussed for a while by drafting quarterback Kyle Trask out of Florida. Mark Cook wrote about why the Bucs should draft Trask all the way back in January but when the moment came and the Bucs had officially drafted Trask, I was floored.

Now I know that this column may ultimately wind up on the Freezing Cold Takes Twitter account in three years and it’ll surely anger some Bucs fans, along with my many dear friends who attended the University of Florida. But to put it quite simply, I believe that drafting Trask was needless use of a second round pick for the Bucs.

Florida QB Kyle Trask

Florida QB Kyle Trask – Photo by: USA Today

After starting his college career at Florida as a backup to former four-star recruit Feleipe Franks, Trask finally got a chance to start due to an season-ending ankle injury to Franks early in 2019 and he ran with it. Trask then made a Joe Burrow-esque leap forward in the 2020 season. With a pair of first-round talents in Kyle Pitts and Kadarius Toney at his disposal, Trask put together a genuine Heisman-caliber campaign. With 4,283 passing yards, an astounding 46 total touchdowns and just eight interceptions he led Florida to an 8-4 record and a narrow loss to Alabama in the SEC Championship Game.

Trask is an accurate passer to all three levels of the field with a big frame and can, by all accounts, process the game at a high level. He’s at his best when able to stand in the pocket and make throws in rhythm and with the bevy of weapons that Florida had on offense last year he was able to rack up a ton of efficient and well-executed production. That skill set is specifically why the Bucs’ coaching staff and front office sees such a promising potential player at the next level.

“There’s a lot to like about him,” general manager Jason Licht said following the pick. “He’s a big kid. He’s tough. He’s very smart … a great teammate, great leader, has plenty of arm talent – great touch. He’s a quick processor and he’s played very well there.”

Head coach Bruce Arians loved the fact that Trask didn’t transfer despite not getting a starting role until his redshirt junior season and spoke highly of his ability to play the position as well.

“He’s accurate, he’s smart, he’s tough, he knows how to move inside the pocket,” Arians said. “We don’t draft guys to run, we draft them to throw. And he’s accurate as hell. I’m really excited about him. People always want to compare people. To me, [Trask] is like Brad Johnson – and he was pretty damn good.”

Trask isn’t by any means a bad quarterback prospect and as Licht and Arians said, there’s a lot to like about him as a player. But his limitations in conjunction with the Bucs’ situation right now leave me feeling as though he is nothing more than a wasted second round pick for Tampa Bay. He lacks experience, he lacks athleticism and he lacks upside.

In a league that is now dominated by quarterbacks like Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen and Russell Wilson and Lamar Jackson, guys who possess exceptional physical traits and the ability to create when out of structure, Trask falls flat in those areas. Trask’s arm strength is average, he lacks mobility and if he can’t develop a stronger ability to create outside of structure then that will likely always limit his ceiling in the NFL. So if Trask is the Bucs’ pick to be the eventual starter when Brady is gone, they’re gambling on him developing far past what many see as his ultimate potential.

He could become a decent starter in time, but I see a more likely scenario where Brady is gone, Trask is the Bucs’ starter with two years remaining on his rookie deal and they’re in turn looking for another high-end quarterback to lead a team that’s ready to win now. Much like the situation that the 49ers have found themselves in.

If Trask was drafted to be an upgrade at second-string quarterback then the pick doesn’t make a lot of sense to me either. Especially with Arians saying that they hope to have Gabbert re-signed soon. If Brady were to go down temporarily and Trask was drafted to step in and give the Bucs a shot to win games until their seven-time Super Bowl champion quarterback is back on the field, I can understand that. But does he even provide a significant upgrade over Gabbert there in Year 1? Only time will tell. But with Gabbert’s years of NFL experience and multiple years under Arians it’s very possible that Trask winds up as the third-string quarterback in 2021.

Bucs GM Jason Licht and QB Blaine Gabbert

Bucs GM Jason Licht and QB Blaine Gabbert – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Licht has found some gems late in the second and into the third round in past years, along with some disappointments.

Trask may never see the lows that a Roberto Aguayo, or Austin Sefarian-Jenkins or Noah Spence saw. But he likely won’t ever make the impact that a guy like Chris Godwin, Carlton Davis, Jordan Whitehead or Jamel Dean has made. And with a roster that could absolutely use impactful depth pieces at multiple positions and eventual starters at others, the Bucs may have been far better off targeting those spots than spending a second round pick on Trask.

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BDOG
BDOG
1 year ago

YUP, hows this help 2021/22 SB run??????? Hows this protect our Diamond-Brady???

BucHarbour
BucHarbour
Reply to  BDOG
1 year ago

We won the Super Bowl a couple of months ago with the same starters and most of the same depth. We don’t need help to win another Super Bowl this year, and we filled our one “need” for depth at edge in the first round, and covered the bases on the OL in the third.

Spitfire
Spitfire
Reply to  BDOG
1 year ago

We have what we need for a Super Bowl Run, we have what we need to protect Brady, especially after picking up a pass catching and blocking 3rd down back. This improves our QB depth and gives us a possible starter down the line.

bucballer
bucballer
Reply to  Spitfire
1 year ago

Exactly Spit! Isn’t it all just a crapshoot anyway? Nobody can foresee injuries or other potential problems. Why can’t Trask be the next Brady?

bucballer
bucballer
Reply to  BDOG
1 year ago

Maybe he provides 2-3 special team TDs this year? He gives us some more team speed. If he gets behind coverage he is gone!

James Taylor
James Taylor
Reply to  BDOG
1 year ago

What did they need? The 4th WR to come off the bench or upgrading the 4th tight end or the 4th running back? Maybe a better backup for the Wirfs/Smith? If they had an obvious hole to fill last last year at right tackle and free safety then I could understand the heartburn over taking a flier on a QB. But this team has the roster where you can do just that and Trask is a great protege for Brady. If they passed on him they could have gotten Mayfield who may develop in time to let the team move… Read more »

chefboho
chefboho
1 year ago

It always cracks me up when people deem a player a wasted pick before he even sets foot on the field. The dude tore up the SEC last year. Is he perfect, nope, but he will turn out better than the two 31 year old journey man we have had on the roster the last few years. I remember seeing plenty of negative posts about Mahommes when he was drafted. Not saying this kid will ever be at that level but how the heck does anyone know until he gets out there and tries to prove himself? At some point… Read more »

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  chefboho
1 year ago

It’s the Mark of the Idiot.
I will not be reading any more of Taylor Jenkins’ shit.

drdneast
drdneast
Reply to  Naplesfan
1 year ago

Truth hurts.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  drdneast
1 year ago

Yeah, when you bear the Mark of the Idiot, as you do.

Spitfire
Spitfire
Reply to  chefboho
1 year ago

Exactly, anyone who watched Trask walk on the field after not starting since early Highschool and score drive after drive knows he’s got the “it” factor when it comes to being a QB and a leader. No one is an “expert” anywhere, all the analysts and pundits are always only making educated guesses. There’s no way to know until someone is given the chance, and the fact that he doesn’t have to play for a couple years and will learn from the best May just turn out to be our best pick ever.

bucballer
bucballer
Reply to  chefboho
1 year ago

I concur chef! Trask is a solid pick. A need as well. If Grif was so good he would have played in the last seven years. So, even if he just replaces Grif for right now, the team is better.

drdneast
drdneast
Reply to  chefboho
1 year ago

This guy may very well have been the best overall QB on the board. Even rated No. 1. But what does he do to help us win this year. Nothing. Just like Love last year in Green Bay. How many Packer fans would have wanted to have a better OL or one more playmaker instead of Love sitting on the sideline. Well that is what you have here.

drdneast
drdneast
Reply to  drdneast
1 year ago

And that is exactly what has Rogers stewing now. That and the fact there bonehead coach didn’t go for it on fourth down.

chefboho
chefboho
Reply to  drdneast
1 year ago

Last i checked our oline is intact with depth, same with the dline. Your argument makes no sense. This team needed depth at QB as much as anywhere else. Not a single person drafted on this team was starting this year anyway.

plopes808
plopes808
Reply to  drdneast
1 year ago

we don’t need help winning this year…we have the same team that won last year

WhatTheBuc
WhatTheBuc
1 year ago

It’s not a wasted pick but it shouldn’t have been made. I’m not judging Trask here but he’s not contributing this season. It goes against the Bucs all-in off season. They’re spending every dollar of the cap and pushing money to future years so they can put the best team possible around Brady. Now all of the sudden they are going to worry about life after Brady? I would have waited for Brady to retire and evaluated the QB options then.

mark2001
mark2001
Reply to  WhatTheBuc
1 year ago

Teddy Bridgewater… Andy Dalton…Available QB options.
Rarely is a guy like Brady available. Other options is often not the solution. We were exceptionally fortunate to snag Tom.

Last edited 1 year ago by mark2001
Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  WhatTheBuc
1 year ago

With all 22 starters returning from the Super Bowl champion team, you simply cannot draft a starter anywhere. Every pick this year is for the future or for depth only.

BucHarbour
BucHarbour
Reply to  Naplesfan
1 year ago

I don’t know why people can’t figure this out. I mean…we just won the Super Bowl with this roster. We don’t NEED anyone in this draft. This is depth and future starters. We needed to have someone at QB in case Brady retires soon or goes down with an injury. It just makes me shake my head every time I read that this pick doesn’t help this team this year.

Last edited 1 year ago by BucHarbour
drdneast
drdneast
Reply to  BucHarbour
1 year ago

Because we were extremely lucky with injuries last year and even when Vea went down we still had to trade for a veteran at one point. A veteran, I might add, who is 36 with a lot of miles on him. We needed new young blood on the DL, not some homer favorite from Gator land that stupid Gator fan can cheer while he languishes on the bench. I have no idea why you college fans are so gung ho on your favorite teams players. Quick alert, they aren’t giving you any of their signing bonus so why do you… Read more »

scubog
scubog
Reply to  drdneast
1 year ago

Why do you connect the dots that if a commenter likes a player from a certain school he must automatically be a homer or a “cultist”? I like a lot of players, but am not a devoted fan or an alumnus of any of them since my alma mater, the University of Tampa dropped football.

BucHarbour
BucHarbour
Reply to  drdneast
1 year ago

This response is just dumb. I’m wasn’t rooting for him to come here as a Gator fan. I was doing it as a Buc fan. You talk about injuries…well…what happens if Brady gets his leg rolled up on and is out for 3-4 weeks with an ankle injury? In comes Griffen to the rescue! Not! I wanted Trask here because of what he could do, not because he happened to be a Gator. My favorite player of all time is a guy I hated in college, Mr. 55. Thought he played dirty hitting Wuerffle late in 96. There isn’t a… Read more »

Spitfire
Spitfire
Reply to  WhatTheBuc
1 year ago

I don’t wanna see them blind to the future, great teams look to continue being great. They spend now and still plan for later and that’s exactly what they did in all 4 rounds so far.

bucballer
bucballer
Reply to  WhatTheBuc
1 year ago

That’s why ur not a GM! U have a 44 year old QB and ur upset that the Bucs took a QB who finished fourth in the Heisman as a project QB who they can develop? Ur argument lacks forethought and common sense.

Last edited 1 year ago by bucballer
drdneast
drdneast
Reply to  bucballer
1 year ago

Tell me how he is going to help this team win the SB this year. He won’t, even if Brady gets hurt and he finds his way off the bench which is my entire point. A good solid DE or DT might though if we have a starter go down.

bucballer
bucballer
Reply to  WhatTheBuc
1 year ago

Wait till he retires?! Wait till he retires?! U do know Brady is 44 years old bro, right? At 44 years old he could pull his oblique muscle changing out the garbage bag and be out eight to ten weeks! At 44 years old for ur started QB, a GM would be derelict in his duties if he wasn’t preparing for Brady’s inevitable departure now! U don’t wait for ur Starter to go down before u consider the back up plan. That WILL get u fired! The back up plan is always already in place…at all positions, it’s called a… Read more »

nitey
nitey
1 year ago

Taylor, honest question. If instead of Trask, the Bucs picked the 2000 version of Tom Brady would you have said the same things? Brady is not mobile, I’m not sure he can be considered ‘creative’ when out of the pocket, yet still has managed to guide his new team that never could figure out how to win, to a Super Bowl victory while beating a number of those ‘mobile’ quarterbacks on the way. Hanging a sorta bust label on Trask before he does anything seems wildly inappropriate. Now, you are going to say that Trask is not Brady-like, and I… Read more »

mark2001
mark2001
1 year ago

Not a wasted pick. Accuracy…Decision making.. health…with an average arm. Rather Immobile, but as Arians said… paraphrased…I want a QB that can throw the D ball well and such..I don’t choose a QB for running.

lambeau
lambeau
1 year ago

Totally agree. Gabbert is better now, and Trask being the future is a longshot.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  lambeau
1 year ago

Gabbert never did anything in the NFL except become a first round quarterback draft bust, and now is a career backup.
Trask is an empty vessel as far as gaining NFL game playing knowledge, but he has proved he has mental toughness, great accuracy, knows how to distribute the ball and take what defenses give him, and he has the prototypical NFL quarterback size. A whole lot of upside that Gabbert has never demonstrated after a decade in the league.

fanofdabucs
fanofdabucs
1 year ago

First of all, which player was on the board that you thought would contribute much, if at all, in 2021.

Smart teams draft a developmental QB every few years, and at times they hit. You don’t wait until you’re desperate for a QB and press the need. Just ask the Jets.

As for a league “dominated” by mobile QBs, the least mobile just won another ring.

Captain Sly
Captain Sly
Reply to  Taylor Jenkins
1 year ago

”High-End Traits” you mean like Ryan Leaf, Jamarcus Russell, wait maybe you mean Vince Young or Johnny Manziel. Please explain!

BucHarbour
BucHarbour
Reply to  Taylor Jenkins
1 year ago

I’m sorry, not trying to be rude, but your take really isn’t good. We won two Super Bowls with statues at the position. The GOAT has beaten these mobile QB’s repeatedly. The Hall of Fame is littered with statues at the QB position. The only reason you need a mobile guy is if your O-Line sucks. Period. Even then it doesn’t always work out, just ask Mahomes about that. Having watched every game Trask has played in, I can tell you he is a lot more mobile than Johnson was or Brady is. When Trask does actually run, he’s actually… Read more »

bucballer
bucballer
Reply to  Taylor Jenkins
1 year ago

Based on what. U can’t compare anything he has done in college with that which he might do in the NFL. U don’t know what his ceiling will be once he gets coached up?! No tools??? Put the blunt down while u r writing bro. This is ur worst article ever. I hope Trask NEVER gives u an interview! High end traits? What does that even mean? The guy is fourth in the Heisman vote but he doesn’t have any high end traits?!

Last edited 1 year ago by bucballer
drdneast
drdneast
Reply to  bucballer
1 year ago

Testaverde, Winston and Mariotta all Heisman winners. All down in flames. Wasted pick. Arroyo here we come.

bucballer
bucballer
Reply to  drdneast
1 year ago

Um drdneast… Trask didn’t win the Heisman bro????

Alldaway 2.0
Alldaway 2.0
Reply to  Taylor Jenkins
1 year ago

I agree.
Simms and Glennon had some traits that said could be NFL caliber starter. Shaun Kings and Trasks of the world are solid backup types.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  Taylor Jenkins
1 year ago

What is “higher end” than smarts and toughness and proven ability to distribute the ball to talented receivers and backs, great touch and accuracy on his passes, and proven ability to make all the passes in the Bucs offense, according to none other than Bruce Arians?

drdneast
drdneast
Reply to  fanofdabucs
1 year ago

There were 3 DT’s and a DE chosen in the third round. Take your pick,

Captain Sly
Captain Sly
1 year ago

Some of you “know it all’s” just crack me up! Okay I get that you don’t like the pick but don’t try and convince me that Kyle Trask can’t win games if Brady got hurt. Brady himself would not be Brady if it weren’t for Drew Bledsoe getting hurt. When Tony Romo got hurt we got Dak Prescott, Joe Montana-Steve Young, Tyrod Taylor-Justin Hubert, Tua Taguvaloa-Mack Jones, Filepei Franks-Kyle Trask I really can go on & on. But You’ll never know what you have until pressure pushes out of you what has always been there. How about we give these… Read more »

Madman
Madman
1 year ago

They clearly wanted a QB to groom but I would’ve preferred Mills who has much more athletic potential and arm talent IMO.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
1 year ago

This post is an absolute piece of shit.

drdneast
drdneast
Reply to  Taylor Jenkins
1 year ago

You were right on Jenkins. Keep calling them as they age and ignore the Gator ignorant.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  drdneast
1 year ago

Not a gator, asshole. But you are an asshole.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  Taylor Jenkins
1 year ago

You should not have written this post. Period. It is shit.

Horse
Horse
1 year ago

Taylor, you are a funny dude; you certainly stirred the pot. I bet you were laughing all the way as you wrote this comic article. Glad to see you have some humor. I totally enjoyed your fictional article.

drdneast
drdneast
Reply to  Taylor Jenkins
1 year ago

Probably more than he deserves. This was a wasted pick just like Love was for the Packers last year and it ended up costing them the NFC Championship.

Horse
Horse
Reply to  Taylor Jenkins
1 year ago

Taylor, this was called humor. I’m sorry you felt offended; I was just being cute. My bag, I won’t do it again with you 👍✌️😀😊

Theydidwhat
Theydidwhat
1 year ago

Time will tell. He had a great year and seems like a great guy. This is a build your team, but win now league. The Chiefs were feeling pretty good about themselves too, until lack of quality depth hurt them at the worst time. The Packers were close, but maybe needed that extra player they used on a QB to beat the Bucs. Every team is getting better, we are not playing last years opponents with the same guys trying to win. Like BA says….These guys haven’t done shit yet!

Last edited 1 year ago by Theydidwhat
Brandonges
Brandonges
1 year ago

Agree with the article. Trask’s game has limited upside. Learning behind Brady won’t give him a stronger arm or more mobility. If you want a QB to groom, Mond or Mills would have made more sense. Either way, they’re wasting two years of a rookie contract with him on the bench.

Iwillpartyhard
Iwillpartyhard
Reply to  Brandonges
1 year ago

It’s a lot easier to improve mobility and arm strength than it is processing speed and decision making. Trask has elite size, processing speed, and decision making. He put up monster numbers against the best defense in college football in Alabama, and was the only one to almost beat them. Why these traits are overlooked because he doesn’t run really fast is pretty ridiculous to me.

drdneast
drdneast
1 year ago

Thanks for putting the spotlight on all the reasons I despise this pick. If Suh goes down, are you going to put Trask in. Nacho is the next player up and he is no Suh. In fact, he is not even Vea. The future is right now for the Bucs, not three years from now. This pick does nothing for this team for the next two years. The Chiefs realized their Achilles heel from last year and fixed it. We haven’t and DT in the fifth year and beyond isn’t going to be the fix now either. Stupid pick with… Read more »

bucballer
bucballer
Reply to  drdneast
1 year ago

Hey drdneast… if Brady goes down, who u putting in the game? Grif? A back up for seven years? No game experience? U have no idea how Trask will perform or turn out. Give the kid a chance and then u can judge. No second round pick was going to start on this team. As for ur comparison to Green Bay and Rodgers the two r nothing alike. Rodgers would have preferred a weapon to be added to the team not another QB. The Bucs r looking for a QB to groom as no draft pick will start on this… Read more »

spartan
spartan
1 year ago

I appreciate the “mobile QB” is the trend du jour, but how many rings have they won over the last 20 years?
I get the concern of the “wasted pick” because we all know who is going to start next year, but if not now when we have no gaping holes, then when?

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  spartan
1 year ago

We know who will start … but we don’t know who will finish. Quarterbacks get injured all the time in the NFL. Tom Brady missed an entire season due to injury, and now matter how dedicated he is to keeping his body in good condition, he is still going to be 44 years old this season and he will always be one hit away from being on IR for the season … as are all players in the league. A lot of self-appointed “experts” proclaim that a backup quarterback can’t take a team to a Super Bowl win. But that’s… Read more »

Spitfire
Spitfire
1 year ago

What I like about this pick is it shows this team isn’t just looking at the next two years and forgetting about moving forward. Everybody wants to be an expert but honestly in the end, nobody knows anything about the future. Everyone at Pewter Report tries their best (just like the rest of the “experts”) to assume and guess at how things are gonna pan out, but it’s all just a somewhat educated guess. I watched Trask come in for the first time and March down the field over and over, I saw him make things happen and process right… Read more »

fl0nase
fl0nase
1 year ago

I can understand his appeal to Arians over Mond. He’s an aggressive downfield passer that is happy to challenge safeties and corners. Mond seems very conservative in his decision making. I’ve read conflicting articles about his arm strength but hopefully it’s good enough to throw a deep out against an NFL corner. Chris Simms was REALLY critical of his tape and potential.

Spitfire
Spitfire
1 year ago

I also Love how you guys are saying he has little to no “upside.” The guy walked onto the field as a junior and ripped the starting job away and ran with it. He’s had 2 years to play where he lit things up and is just getting going, how can he have no upside? If he started every year of Highschool and college I would accept an opinion of limited upside of his production just say level for years, the kid could have all the upside in the world. Just because he isn’t a runner doesn’t make him static.… Read more »

bucballer
bucballer
1 year ago

While pitching at Hillsborough High School we played against a kid from Plant City High school named Kenny Rodgers. We blasted this kid regularly as he was all off speed and no fastball. The kid went on to play 15 years in MLB! My point being, no body new a sixth round pick from Michigan would turn into the GOAT. Nobody could foresee Kenny Rodgers having such a long and financially prosperous career either. U guys don’t know what the potential or ceiling for Trask will be! Don’t pretend to know so. Bucs needed a project QB and they got… Read more »

Dave
Dave
1 year ago

I’m going to give you a scouting report of a QB. And ask yourself, if you saw this scouting report, would you want to draft this QB as your QB of the future? If you said no, you would have been right in line with everyone else –Poor build –Skinny –Lacks great physical stature and strength –Lacks mobility and ability to avoid the rush –Lacks a really strong arm –Can’t drive the ball downfield –Does not throw a really tight spiral –System-type player who can get exposed if forced to ad lib –Gets knocked down easily For the record, this… Read more »

Last edited 1 year ago by Dave
BucHarbour
BucHarbour
Reply to  Dave
1 year ago

The funny thing is, Trask is actually more mobile and slides around in the pocket better than Brady. This is smack your forehead stuff for the writer.

PatrioticChief
PatrioticChief
1 year ago

One of the worst picks of the draft tbh.

ManchesterBucc
ManchesterBucc
1 year ago

This is good journalism as an opinion piece, because it has everyone venting on both sides of the argument. “The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions”: Leonardo da Vinci (who was an awful talent scout) Hard to tell how QB picks will do isn’t it. I watched some guy called Manziel in college football some years ago and he looked brilliant, but had some hulk of a WR called Evans who seemed to haul in anything thrown in his vicinity. That QB was fairly mobile as I recall, unlike Trask. The talent they play around seems to… Read more »

surferdudes
surferdudes
1 year ago

Didn’t the great Belichick use a 2nd round pick on Jimmy G when he had Brady? He didn’t play either yet they still won more super bowls. Didn’t Minn use the very next pick on a QB and they still have Cousins. Most important position in football. We needed new blood, this was a very smart pick.

Michael76
Michael76
1 year ago

I give Jason a lot of credit for being able to move around the draft board… perhaps this year has impacted his ability to do so It felt like we reached on our draft picks… it’s not that I didn’t like our 1st round selection, but I think I would have appreciated him in the top half of the second, and acquired some draft capital. I hate Trask in the second, but I wouldn’t have been as harsh if picked later in the draft. I’ll never challenge Jason on his Oline selections, but I’d have liked this draft a lot… Read more »

surferdudes
surferdudes
Reply to  Michael76
1 year ago

This draft was weak at DT, you can’t find something if it’s not there. Talking about Trask, it’s not like we passed on a Warren Sapp to get him. It’s not like we picked him at #32 either. Not sure what Taylor is smoking here, but if his argument was a better 2nd round pick would win us another ring, he and some other posters are tripping. Best time to pick a QB is when you do have one, not when you need one. That’s why Taylor Jenkins is a PR hack, and doesn’t work, or couldn’t work for an… Read more »

Michael76
Michael76
Reply to  surferdudes
1 year ago

Nixon was the 4th ranked DT, came off the board at 158, and was less than 50 off the consensus overall board from Tyron… had you took the time to look

surferdudes
surferdudes
Reply to  Michael76
1 year ago

Oh, so we pick him it’s super bowl baby! Was he better then Nacho, or Davis? Right you don’t know, the Bucs do. Yeah having the 4th best DT, if he actually is that, is better then maybe finding a future QB? Think man think! I trust the Bucs front office more then you, and the hack Jenkins.

Bucc My Life
Bucc My Life
1 year ago

My guess is our impending cap situation requires one year we either shed talent like the Saints had to this year, or play a qb/key starters on a rookie contract. Having a groomed, ready to go QB who can keep us competitive while we feel the hit from all the voidable years we signed guys to this year. Maybe they thought Trask gives us the best chance for that, while a higher ceiling guy would create a higher risk and potentially leave us scrambling for someone after Brady’s retirement. Ultimately I don’t like the pick. He’s likely going to need… Read more »

Wadeless
Wadeless
1 year ago

It was the last pick in the 2nd round; he acts like they wasted the 34th pick in the draft. Trask’s game is a lot like Brady’s…slow and relatively immobile yet good pocket presence and great accuracy and touch. Let him learn behind Brady for two years and see what you get when the GOAT hangs it up. Hardly a wasted pick if it works out. Taylor acts like you need to be Mike Vick to play in the NFL. Really poor take and certainly premature.

James Taylor
James Taylor
1 year ago

That may be the case, but as good as Russell Wilson has been he’s only been to two Superbowls and won one. Your description of Trask actually tracks Tom Brady when he entered the league. Respectfully, the quarterback position is played from the neck up which is why someone like Jameis Winston with a million dollar arm and a two-cent head (in terms of judgement and maturity) may look like a better prospect but the QB who can quickly scan the field, process the defense, and work rapidly through progressions and make the right throws might end up being the… Read more »

Alldaway 2.0
Alldaway 2.0
1 year ago

Trask has value as a backup so it isn’t a complete wasted pick. But I do not see him as a starter in 2023.

Darktanian
Darktanian
1 year ago

I’m thinking the same thing the author is saying, but only time will tell. Trask could also turn out to be a pro bowler.

Right now the best anyone has is speculations, suppositions, conjecture, and strong feelings one way or the other.

Right now I’m going to give Licht and the coaching staff the benefit of the doubt.

James Taylor
James Taylor
1 year ago

Finally, there is this consideration. Tom Brady is likely playing only one or two more seasons. That means you have an opportunity right now to get a young quarterback in the building to watch and learn from Brady with Tom Moore and Clyde and Byron and BA. This is the right time to get a quarterback who can be developed over two seasons to be able to start and play at a high level his third season with the team. This is a unique opportunity for Tom Brady to mentor a quarterback and failing to get a prospect in the… Read more »

plopes808
plopes808
Reply to  James Taylor
1 year ago

Yes! You don’t wait until Tom leaves to find a replacement. How many 1st round QBs have worked out when thrown into the fire off the bat? Not many, this kid will have a year or 2 to learn from the GOAT himself and get his legs under him before being forced into action. Maybe he works out, maybe he doesn’t, but this was a smart move regardless. TB12’s backups have learned and ended up starters for other teams, this kid will be no different and will hopefully be the replacement we need whenever Brady get’s tired of outrunning Father… Read more »

BucHarbour
BucHarbour
Reply to  James Taylor
1 year ago

Exactly. Trask is also a guy that, trait wise, closely resembles Brady and Brad Johnson, our two SB winning QB’s. I tend to think Arians know a thing or two about how to play Qb in the NFL and what traits are most important. It’s why they moved off of Winston so quickly.

drdneast
drdneast
1 year ago

Three DT’s and a DE were chosen in the third round. They would have been much more valuable to this team in the upcoming season than the noddle armed Trask.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  drdneast
1 year ago

No noodle arm .. but you certainly have a noodle brain.

plopes808
plopes808
1 year ago

So…”Trask is an accurate passer to all three levels of the field with a big frame and can, by all accounts, process the game at a high level. He’s at his best when able to stand in the pocket and make throws in rhythm and with the bevy of weapons that Florida had on offense last year he was able to rack up a ton of efficient and well-executed production. That skill set is specifically why the Bucs’ coaching staff and front office sees such a promising potential player at the next level.” but…”In a league that is now dominated… Read more »

scubog
scubog
1 year ago

I personally thought the Bucs would kick the QB can down the road a little further. I should have listened to my friend Horse. As I recall he’s a Seminole fan Dr.D. Back in the old days, all we had to look forward to every year was the Draft. Back then we were hopeful that even an undrafted free agent would be enough of an improvement to the roster to get us all the way up to mediocre. Fast forward to 2021. I certainly was not expecting a player drafted at #64 to come here and unseat a current starter… Read more »

fl0nase
fl0nase
1 year ago

One thing that hasn’t been mentioned much in this thread is that as long as TB12 is walking the halls of one buc place we will not be drafting high. There were no QB’s taken in round 2 at all outside of Trask and the remaining two consensus picks of consequence happened 3 picks later. The Bucs had 3 qb’s to choose from in this draft period. Even if they were willing to use their first round pick and thank god they didn’t. Now you can argue they got the wrong guy and that’s easy to do for QB picks… Read more »

SenileSenior
SenileSenior
Reply to  fl0nase
1 year ago

This old guy had to sleep on our draft and take a fresh look this morning. I’ve spent the last hour or so taking a closer at Trask on the Internet. I’ve seen comparisons with Nick Foles and Joe Burrows as well. Trask seems to have been evaulated as having limitations with moblity and athleticism and thus, he is not seen as having NFL starter potential in general. However, he has shown potential regarding processing his reads, anticipating his receivers moves, throwing to tight windows and throwing deep. Sporting News said this in a summary of their evaluation of the… Read more »

SenileSenior
SenileSenior
1 year ago

This pick was a luxury pick for the Bucs. We could well afford to take a chance on an “outside shot” this year only. This decision appears to be a concensus choice by the Bucs’s brain trust. Assuming Brady is gone in two years we can still keep an eye out for opportunities to obtain a blue chip QB in the meantime, whether through free agency, trade or even taking another chance on one in a future draft. I suspect at this point that BA will hang around for as long as he is enjoying his success, his health remains stable and his wife allows him to.… Read more »

jrwilson85
jrwilson85
1 year ago

In the NFL, the Bucs have the same bevy of talent to throw to as the Gators have in college football. So that’s a wash. The quarterback whisperer saw something he likes in Trask, so who am I to question. I imagine Tom Brady weighed in on the decision too.
Trask is a smart guy and a hard worker. This time around, the Bucs have enough time for Brady to teach him how to play in the NFL.
He was a good pick imo.

Joseph
Joseph
1 year ago

Give taylor a break wow he doesn’t see it like the fan boys do and that’s fine to me it seems like they drafted a qb3 in the second because they are going to sign gabbert and to me that seems like a wasted pick. Some value positions that would have been more valuable there and I don’t see alot of upside of a touch throw qb with not alot of velocity on his ball the nfl plays alot faster than college and alot of those throws get picked off could be wrong but don’t think I am not to… Read more »

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  Joseph
1 year ago

It’s not being a “fan boy” to credit the General Manager of the defending Super Bowl Champs, picked most likely to repeat in 2021, as not being a stupid pick waster, as the knucklehead Taylor pretends.
Gee – who should fans listen to and respect, the former, or the latter? Really tough call there! SMH