Kyle Trask 2021 Fantasy & Dynasty Outlook with Buccaneers
Getty Images. Pictured: Florida Gators star quarterback Kyle Trask.
Kyle Trask Fantasy Profile
Kyle Trask Fantasy Fit with Buccaneers
Like many quarterbacks drafted on Day 2 to sit behind Tom Brady over the past decade, Trask could find himself sitting for quite a while.
With his draft capital, he’s likely to earn some starts eventually — and with that opportunity perhaps he will earn a job as a long-term starter — but that’s unlikely to happen in 2021 and probably even 2022.
He’s a nonentity for fantasy this season and nothing but a speculative long-term stash in dynasty.
Dynasty Fantasy Analysis
Note: The following was written before the NFL Draft.
Let’s start with what Trask isn’t: He isn’t a runner. At all. Everyday people with the cares of the world weighing them down walk faster than he runs.
To call him a statue in the pocket is to insult sculptures and sculptors everywhere.
He has zero rushing ability, as evidenced by his career average of 4.0 yards per attempt (excluding sacks, per 2021 Sports Info Solutions Football Rookie Handbook). And he takes a lot of sacks (41 in 24 games over the past two years) because of his inability to avoid pressure.
In their prospect profile, Pro Football Focus pulls no punches about Trask: “No scrambling or playmaking at all.” It wasn’t necessary for PFF to add the emphatic “at all” — but it’s a nice touch.
But if you can get over the fact that Trask is a nonentity as a runner — and as long as he has workable draft capital (in the top 100, maybe?) — then he might be intriguing because he’s a good passer.
In fact, he looks so good throwing the ball that even though he was a backup in high school he was able to earn a three-star recruitment grade and get a scholarship offer from Florida.
Trask did almost nothing his first three years in college.
- 2016: Redshirt
- 2017: Literally no playing time with a foot injury
- 2018 (4 games): Backup with 22-162-1 passing
But as a redshirt junior he filled in for injured starter Feleipe Franks, and the starting job has been his ever since.
With his opportunity, Trask has flashed. For his career, he has a 67.9% completion rate and 10.0 adjusted yards per attempt — and that’s despite playing in the SEC. And as great as Trask was as a junior, he was markedly better as a senior, taking a big Joe Burrow-esque developmental step forward in his second season as a starter and finishing No. 4 in 2020 Heisman voting.
- 2019 (12 games): 66.9% completion rate | 354-2,941-25 passing | 8.8 AY/A
- 2020 (12 games): 68.9% completion rate | 437-4,283-43 passing | 10.9 AY/A
Last year, Trask ranked No. 1 with 43 touchdowns passing and No. 2 with 356.9 yards passing per game. He was unquestionably aided by head coach Dan Mullen’s scheme and the presence of first-round pass catchers Kyle Pitts and Kadarius Toney in the offense. Even so, it’s undeniable that Trask can throw the ball.
Best thing about @GatorsFB QB Kyle Trask is courage making tight window NFL throws. Has confidence in his own ability to put ball where he wants and faith in skill guys to make contested plays. Some QB have one or the other but few have both. Similar to Joe Burrow in that regard. pic.twitter.com/ZsBVqUtm5m
— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) October 8, 2020
Trask hangs tough in the pocket and keeps his eyes downfield in the face of onrushing defenders. He’s willing to push the ball deep and attack defenses, as evidenced by his 9.4-yard average depth of target in 2020 (per SIS).
Per Lance Zierlein of NFL Media: “Trask clearly has the arm strength, touch and placement to wear out one-on-one coverage if he has good protection and above-average players around him.” In 2020, Trask ranked No. 3 on the SIS quarterback leaderboard with a 132.5 Independent Quarterback Rating Without Pressure.
Trask is far from a finished product, but he has potential, especially considering that the 2019-20 seasons were the first in years — at least a half decade — in which he got regular playing time.
If Trask is drafted on Day 2 and afforded the opportunity to sit behind an established starter for a couple years, he could develop into a viable NFL starter with streaming functionality in redraft leagues and QB2 value in superflex and best ball.
That’s not sexy for dynasty, but it does make Trask an intriguing long-term stash if he goes to a team with an aging veteran.
NFL Prospect Comp: Matt Schaub with less college experience
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