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Buccaneers select Florida quarterback Kyle Trask 64th overall

Tampa Bay’s selection in Round 2.

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After addressing the defense with the selection of Washington’s Joe Tryon in Round 1, the Buccaneers go offense in the second round as they selected Florida Gators quarterback Kyle Trask with the No. 64 pick.

The Gators signal caller threw for 4,283 yards and 43 touchdowns in 2020 as he led one of the most explosive offenses in the country in the Florida Gators. The Manvel, Texas native led the FBS in total touchdowns (46) and touchdown passes (43), while ranking second in passing yards (4,283).

He finished his career in Florida as a Heisman Trophy finalist following the 2020 season. He completed 552‐of‐813 passes for 7,386 yards and 69 touchdowns in 28 game appearances with the Gators.

Below are Trask’s strengths and weakness via draft analyst Lance Zierlein of NFL Media.

Strengths

  • Prototypical size to stand tall and fire from the pocket
  • Made substantial production gains across the board in 2020. * Enabled team to open up game plan in 2020.
  • Became the first FBS quarterback in 15 years to post three or more TD passes in nine consecutive games.
  • Stepped up against Alabama in SEC Championship Game.
  • Able to pump and reset against baiting coverage.
  • Feels edge pressure and climbs to free space in pocket.
  • Gets back into passing platform when moving outside the pocket.
  • Arm strength to whip field-side deep outs with no issues.
  • Tardy safeties will find a willing challenger over the top.
  • Talented downfield passer with touch and accuracy.
  • Can attack one-on-ones and place deep throw where it needs to go.
  • Fairly accurate even when feet are not set

Weaknesses

  • Pocket setup is slower and labored.
  • Footwork gets sloppy and bouncy inside pocket.
  • Needs to do better at recalibrating optimal targets post-snap.
  • Will miss blitz recognition and basic reads at times.
  • Threw into bracketed coverage multiple times against LSU.
  • Deliberate release will not tolerate slow reads through progressions.
  • Below-average functional mobility to extend the play.
  • Unlikely to improvise and beat defense if he’s not well-protected.
  • Appeared to favor left knee, affecting follow-through.
  • Runs targets into traffic and collisions with late-ball delivery.

(Parts of this report comes courtesy of the Buccaneers Communications Department.)