Florida Football: Kyle Trask would be perfect for these NFL teams

Kyle Trask, Florida football (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
Kyle Trask, Florida football (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

There were rumors flying about the Steelers being really high on former Florida football quarterback Kyle Trask and here’s why that would be a perfect fit. 

Every year in the NFL draft, we see the price for quarterbacks going up and up. The reason for that is value. A good quarterback is the most valuable commodity in the game and there are only so many to go around.

Heading into the 2021 NFL draft, the general consensus is that there are five “franchise” quarterbacks. Others such as Davis Mills, Kellen Mond, and Florida football quarterback Kyle Trask are also viewed as potential starters, and likely second-round picks.

Trask obviously was stellar for Florida football, throwing 68 touchdown passes compared to just 15 interceptions over the last two seasons. For his career, he completed 67.9 percent of his throws and averaged 9.1 yards per attempt.

It’s true that he averaged 9.8 last season, but the number was 8.3 back in 2019, which means that Trask can push the ball down the field.

And there is at least one NFL team that views him as better than one of the top five prospects who are Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields, Zach Wilson, Trey Lance, and Mac Jones. That team is the Pittsburgh Steelers according to a team insider. Here’s what was posted on Twitter:

The Steelers have the 58th overall selection. In the first round, even though they need a long-term answer at quarterback, they don’t have much chance of getting one and probably will take a running back.

But with the 55th pick in the second round, Trask would likely be sitting there, along with potentially Mills or Mond — even though it doesn’t seem likely.

And while he might not have the athletic traits or the arm strength of other first-round quarterbacks, he’s accurate, tough, and knows where to go with the football.

As Tom Brady has proven over the years, accuracy, intelligence, and toughness can win a lot of games at the quarterback position, and one thing I love about Trask is the way he competed.

In the SEC title game against Alabama, he continually brought his team back and refused to go away. That was impressive.

All those things are reasons why the Steelers could be really high on Trask and with no clear QB of the future (Mason Rudolph isn’t a sure thing) the pick makes a lot of sense.

Another perfect fit for Trask

The other team that sticks out as needing a quarterback like Trask is the New Orleans Saints.

Drew Brees retired and the combination of Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill are competing for the starting job. Winston was the No. 1 overall pick once upon a time, while Hill has been a revelation as an all-around weapon, but is he ready to be a starting quarterback?

Neither of those options feels like the long-term answer. But Trask? He could be.

Brees went in the second round of the draft and Trask could be the next second-round steal, especially playing for Sean Payton in New Orleans.

If you surround Trask with playmakers as he had at Florida, plus one of the best running backs in the league and he could succeed. He’s smart enough to excel under Payton and New Orleans should gamble on him.

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Then maybe it won’t need to use a top-10 pick on a quarterback down the road, which is the same reason the Steelers and other QB-needy teams should take a shot on him in the second round.