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Bucs draft QB Kyle Trask with No. 64 overall pick

Florida Gators QB Kyle Trask goes to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the 64th overall pick in the 2021 draft. Will he be a fantasy football asset to start his career?

Florida Gators quarterback Kyle Trask (11) throws a pass against the Oklahoma Sooners in the second quarter at ATT Stadium. Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Florida’s Kyle Trask was overshadowed by all the first-round quarterback talent in the 2021 NFL Draft, but now he’ll get a chance to learn from a future Hall of Famer. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Trask with the No. 64 pick in the draft. He won’t be a day one starter, but he was one of the most productive players in college football last year. His 2020 stats can go toe to toe with any other signal-caller in his class.

Trask led the FBS in passing touchdowns last season with 43 and ranked second in passing yards (4,283). No signal-caller matched the 437 passing attempts Trask logged in his final collegiate season, but he took care of the football and only coughed up four picks while managing to be one of the NCAA’s most accurate passers. Trask’s senior stats are hard to beat, but he does have some weaknesses in his game.

Scouting Report

Trask’s 6’5” frame gives him a great view of the field, and he can deliver balls on short, intermediate, and deep routes with impressive touch. However, he lacks the highly-valued athleticism NFL teams are looking for. He’s not going to extend plays with his legs or make off-platform throws as often as some of his peers but can deliver quality passes when he has time and can manipulate defenses with fakes.

Fantasy football impact

Rookie

There’s not much to talk about here. The GOAT should remain the Buccaneers’ starter until he’s ready to retire. Trask should only get snaps if Brady gets hurt. Tampa Bay has a dynamic receiving corps that includes a bevy of stars. Mike Evans, Antonio Brown, Chris Godwin, and Rob Gronkowski can make things easy on Trask in spurts if he does get time under center as a rookie.

Long-term

Bruce Arians loves to stretch the field with the passing game, so there’s no better place for Trask to play. He led the FBS in passing yards by making deep throws consistently during his final year at Florida. Playing for a team with a great offensive line will help him hide his lack of mobility. Trask doesn’t have the same upside as the dual-threat quarterbacks entering the league. Still, the Buccaneers’ offensive philosophy could help him maximize his potential and become an above-average fantasy quarterback.