2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: QB Kyle Trask

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PROSPECT SUMMARY – KYLE TRASK

A native of Manvel, Texas, Trask is a football lifer whose faith and love for the game have often been tested. Never starting a game during his high school career at Manvel High School, he was forced to play second fiddle behind Miami quarterback D’Eriq King. As a result, the interest in Trask remained minimal. Prior to his senior season, the only programs that showed any type of interest in him were Houston Baptist, Lamar, and McNeese State. July 24, 2015 changed his life forever as he attended a satellite camp at Florida where he was able to show off his talent against some of the top competition in the country. Playing well there, the Gators coaching staff took a huge leap of faith, but they didn’t have any problems with it because Trask was simply behind a highly effective player in King. Redshirting upon his arrival to Florida (2016), he returned in 2017, but he would suffer a broken right foot during training camp leading up to the season. As a redshirt sophomore (2018), he continued to serve as the backup. In that role, he saw action in four games before breaking his left foot—that sidelined him for the rest of the year. Staying the course, he never wavered as he was in a similar situation before during his high school career. The thought of transferring crossed his mind, but he never bought in. Paying off for him, the previous starter in Feleipe Franks (Arkansas) suffered a season-ending ankle injury at the opening of the 2019 season. Following that point, Trask would go on to permanently become the team's starter.

Trask is a stoutly-built QB prospect that’s a prime example of perseverance and patience. Not becoming a full-time starter until his redshirt junior season, he had to show maximum amounts of patience prior to getting his chance under center. Going on to have a prolific career, he became a supreme leader for the Gators. A decisive and quick operator, he’s a highly intelligent thrower that often attacks with a plan. He has thorough knowledge and smarts to attack all three levels of the field, as he’s experienced reads in many different manners. A “grip it and rip it” thrower of quick game concepts on the perimeter, he’s at his best when on schedule and able to take advantage of leverage throws. Trask’s biggest challenges come the further down the field and when forced to play outside of the normal structure of the offense. A slew-footed operator, he doesn’t have the athleticism necessary to consistently make off-script plays. An often-used option on designed QB runs, his big frame is an asset on runs during short conversion situations. Trask’s lower half may need to be reconstructed as it is the root of why most of his passes die in the deeper portions of the field. Similar to his surroundings in college, in order to reach/see his full potential, he will need to have an adequate play-caller, protection, and playmakers around him.

Ideal Role: Developmental QB that could lead to being an eventual lower-tier starter.

Scheme Fit: West Coast or Erhardt-Perkins offensive system—quick rhythm-based throws with periodic deep shots down the field.

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Written By:

Jordan Reid

Senior NFL Draft Analyst

Jordan Reid is a Senior NFL Draft Analyst for The Draft Network. Gaining experience from various lenses of the game, he has previously served as a college quarterback, position coach, and recruiting coordinator at North Carolina Central University. He now serves as a Color Commentator for FloSports, covering both high school and college football games around the country while also being the host of The Reid Option Podcast.

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