What will Buccaneers come to love about Kyle Trask? Here's our scouting report
Tim Tebow was Florida’s last Heisman Trophy finalist before a record-setting 2020 season from Kyle Trask, who is now the first UF quarterback drafted since Tebow.
Trask was taken by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second round, going 64th overall, in the 2021 NFL draft. He’s just the third Gators QB in the last 20 years to get drafted, joining Rex Grossman and Tebow.
Trask threw for four touchdowns in each of his first six games, an SEC record, and set single-season school records for passing yards (4,283) and touchdowns (43), which led the FBS.
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He became the first quarterback in UF history with three 400-yard passing games in one season (five total) and twice threw for a career-high 474 yards, Florida’s second-best single-game mark.
Here’s what Bucs fans can look forward to from Trask.
Kyle Trask Positives: Size, skills
At 6-foot-5, 235 pounds, Trask has the prototypical size to stand tall in the pocket and pick apart a secondary. He’s a skilled passer who can deliver downfield throws with touch and accuracy. Trask doesn’t have a cannon, but possesses the arm strength to launch long balls and deep out routes. He shows good awareness and lateral movement in the pocket, sliding away from pressure. Even when doesn’t get his feet set, Trask can stay with his progressions and complete passes under duress. With time to throw, he reads coverages well and exploits advantageous one-on-one matchups. Trask is an intelligent player and does his homework in the film room. His preparedness and football IQ were apparent all last season as he put up video game-like numbers week after week against all-SEC competition.
Kyle Trask Concerns: Ball security, eyes
Trask struggled with ball security and strip sacks during his first season as the starter. He improved in that area last year, but threw a pick-six in three separate games and was intercepted three times in the Cotton Bowl loss to Oklahoma. Trask matched his career high with 474 passing yards in the regular season finale, but NFL Media's Lance Zierlein knocked him for throwing into bracketed coverage multiple times against LSU. Trask misses blitz recognition and basic reads at times, Zierlein wrote, and needs to improve his pocket setup and eye work to move safeties around. While Trask is a willing runner, he’s unlikely to improvise and extend plays with his legs when protection breaks down. He lacks the athleticism and dual-threat ability of the other top quarterbacks in the draft.
Final thoughts on Kyle Trask
Despite Florida's rich QB tradition at the collegiate level, few UF signal callers have fared well in the NFL. Gators coach Dan Mullen, who produced Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, expects Trask to have a long pro career of 10-15 years. With the right system and time to learn behind a veteran starter, Trask will be able to develop and grow before he’s asked to carry the franchise. Trask has shown he can not only handle a backup role gracefully, but answer the bell when his number is called. He’ll likely earn that opportunity eventually.