2021 NFL Draft Profile: Kyle Trask

Kyle Trask NFL Draft

Kyle Trask NFL Draft Overview

Position: Quarterback
Height: 6’5”
Weight: 244 pounds
School: University of Florida

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2021 NFL Draft: Kyle Trask Player Profile

The Florida Gators had waited for a quarterback to lead them to SEC Championship contending potential since Tim Tebow. Although Kyle Trask didn’t have the best start to his sophomore season, he would eventually be one of the most productive quarterbacks in program history. Trask took over as the starting quarterback for the Gators after the season-ending injury to Feleipe Franks. After a two-touchdown, two-interception performance against the Tennessee Volunteers in 2019, Trask stepped up his productivity. His best performance of the 2019 season was against the Florida State Seminoles. Trask passed for 343 yards, three touchdowns, and a passing efficiency of 167.6 on 30 completions (out of 41 attempts). Trask finished the 2019 season with 2,941 yards, 35 touchdowns, seven interceptions, and a quarterback rating of 156.1 on 237 completions (out of 354 passing attempts).

With an explosive offense, led by Trask and tight end Kyle Pitts, the Gators were looking to make a serious case for the SEC title and the playoffs. Despite a stellar performance from the top-scoring offense in the nation, the Gators were not able to finish strong. The Gators finished the 2020 season with an 8-4 record that includes a 55-20 loss to the Oklahoma Sooners in the 2020 Cotton Bowl. Trask had seven games where he threw for at least four touchdowns and five games of at least 400 yards. Trask finished the 2020 season passing for 4,283 yards, 43 touchdowns, eight interceptions, and a passer rating of 180 on 301 completions (out of 437 passing attempts). He concluded his junior and final season by breaking all the single records for passing yards and touchdowns at Florida.

Strengths

  • Highly accurate passer who can throw into tight windows;
  • Solid arm mechanics in his passes;
  • Great pocket awareness and instincts to make quick decisions;
  • Great release of the ball;
  • Durability and consistency to make multiple throws;
  • Trask has a solid ability to track his receivers and make the best throws needed;

Weaknesses

  • Despite solid strength, the ball delivery floats longer than other top quarterbacks;
  • Trask is not a mobile quarterback as he prefers to stay in the pocket;
  • He is less accurate and efficient throwing the ball on the run;
  • Doesn’t have the best footwork;
  • Hasn’t been in many starting situations;
  • Struggles to find a target if the first man is covered up;

 

NFL Comparisons: Sam Darnold (New York Jets)

Teams With Needs At The Position: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers, Washington Football Team

Projection: Second Round

Bottom Line on Kyle Trask

At the beginning of the 2020 season, Trask was one of the most demanded quarterbacks for the 2021 NFL Draft. As the season continued, analysts and experts were starting to see the system, and the surrounding talent was giving Trask an extra boost. It was not long ago that the Gators quarterback was destined to be a first-round pick. Now Trask works to get himself back in the discussion of a potential first or early second-round pick. The 2020 Heisman Trophy finalist looks to be the fifth former Gators quarterback to be selected in the first round.  He has one of the strongest arms in this NFL Draft but has some attributes that put him behind the elite prospects due to some concerns both physically and mentally.

Teams will potentially make the selection for Trask due to his talent and arm strength. Trask’s ability to learn a system along with his arm talent will make a great developmental quarterback for a team in the first round. It isn’t likely that he will be drafted in the first round unless he has a stellar Pro Day. He has a chance to possess a long future in the league once he has a team be trained with. A team with an aging quarterback and similar offensive systems similar to Florida’s like the Pittsburgh Steelers or the Atlanta Falcons would be ideal for Trask.

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