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Player Profile: Kyle Trask

Gators quarterback Kyle Trask has declared for the 2021 NFL Draft

Height: 6’5”
Weight: 240 lbs
School: Florida

Why you’re drafting him…

Kyle Trask is one of the more interesting quarterback prospects as he never started in high school (sitting behind D’Eriq King) and didn’t start at Florida until the original starting QB, Felipe Franks, went down with a season-ending leg injury last year against Kentucky. However, Trask hasn’t looked back since filling in for Franks as he led the Gators to a come-from-behind victory in that game against Kentucky, and has started every game for the Gators since. Trask has the prototypical QB build (6’5″, 240 pounds) and fills out his frame nicely as a durable quarterback that can take hits, while still having the ability (albeit limited) to tuck the ball away and scramble for positive yards when the play breaks down. He’s at his best when he’s able to manipulate the defense with his eyes and make plays down the field. He has good touch on short passes, but he excels with back shoulder and timing routes while also conducting a pretty successful run/pass option type of offense. There were a handful of times in 2019 where you’d shake your head at Trask’s decision making, which resulted in interceptions and missed opportunities, but he improved greatly with his decision making in 2020 and hardly had any throws that left you disappointed. Trask possesses above-average ball placement, allowing playmakers (such as Kyle Pitts and Kadarius Toney while at Florida) to create for themselves after the catch

Needs to improve…

Since Trask doesn’t even have a full two years of starting experience he’ll be a bit raw transitioning to the next level. Defenses currently have the ability to trick him with a multitude of coverages, which causes him to hold onto the ball a little too long at times. He’ll have even less time to make decisions in the NFL, so he’ll need to improve on his ability to read coverages at the line of scrimmage while making quicker reads after the snap. Trask also has the tendency to abandon his otherwise strong mechanics when he faces pressure, which leads to the ball not coming out as strong and accurately as you’d like, hence the reason for a number of his head-scratching interceptions/missed throws from 2019. You also saw this become evident once again in the Gators’ Cotton Bowl appearance against Oklahoma where Trask finished 16-of-28 for just 158 yards and three (pretty brutal) interceptions. Granted he was without the majority of his top playmakers for this game against the Sooners, but it was arguably the worst way he could have ended his collegiate career

Prediction for 2021 NFL Draft…

It would be hard to argue that Trask’s finale against Oklahoma didn’t hinder his 2021 NFL Draft stock. However, his size and natural ability as a passer will continue to make him an intriguing prospect for pro teams, even if they see him more so as a developmental quarterback. Considered a potential first-round pick by some prior to his bowl game, it now seems more likely that Trask will be a day-two selection. He may be able to alleviate some of the doubt with solid combine and pro day performances, but he currently sits as a day-two prospect for me

Dynasty fantasy football spin…

Depending on the situation Trask finds himself in following the NFL Draft, you may consider him at some point between the late third and fourth round of your rookie draft. I don’t foresee anyone going out of their way to target Trask, but depending on where the other top-QB prospects come off the board in your draft, you may find him as an intriguing option as one of your later-round picks. Things can change obviously based on where players end up in the NFL Draft, but as of now, I would consider him (at best) QB5 or QB6 (Lawrence, Fields, Wilson, Lance, Jones/Trask)

Check out John Chapman of the 49ers Rush Podcast break down Kyle Trask with the guys on the Loaded Box Podcast (Trask discussion starts at the 27:55 mark of the episode)

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