The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are set at the quarterback position for 2021. Of course, they have seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady, but the team also re-signed backup Ryan Griffin. That combination will do just fine.
There’s only one problem: both players are over the age of 30. In fact, the average age of the current quarterback room in Tampa is 37 years old. Youth at the most important position is a huge need for the Bucs.
The target doesn’t have to be an immediate contributor. Developing a long-term starter — or potential backup, at least — should be a priority. Yes, this team is in win-now mode, but there aren’t a lot of needs left on the roster. So they have the luxury of addressing their old-man problem.
Matt Baker with the Tampa Bay Times recently broke down why the Bucs should onboard Florida quarterback Kyle Trask. The former Gator has experience holding a clipboard and learning what it takes to be successful. He’s done it in the SEC, and he might be able to do it again in the NFL.
Trask also has some similarities to Brady.
He’s a lot bigger (6-foot-5, 236 pounds), but he’s a pocket passer. Tampa Bay has already build its offensive line to protect immobile, stationary quarterbacks. Trask doesn’t throw with the same accuracy, but he’s got some likeable traits.
The only question would be his deep accuracy.
Head coach Bruce Arians normally prefers to push the ball vertically. He’s somewhat altered that approach with Brady, and he might be willing to do the same with Trask. But there’s a major difference in tailoring your offense for Brady and doing it for Trask.
Still, the Florida product would do well in Tampa Bay. Should he be taken in the first round? Despite some people’s predictions, I say no. He’s a late Day 2 pick in my opinion, but the Bucs should, at the very least, trade out of the first if they plan to take him with their first pick.
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