The 2021 NFL Draft includes multiple quality quarterbacks. As it sits, there are five signal-callers who are projected to be first-round picks come April: Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, Justin Fields, Trey Lance and Mac Jones.
From there, things get interesting.
There are still a few other intriguing guys, such as Davis Mills and Jamie Newman. But Florida’s Kyle Trask leads the way with the next tier — and it’s not really close. There are some limitations with his arm, but he could be a quality backup in the right system. That’s probably why ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. believes Trask should be a second-round pick.
As far as fits, it looks like Kiper wants to see the former Gator in Pittsburgh or Washington. Or at least that’s what Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times tweeted out on Monday.
On a Zoom with reporters, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. mentions the Steelers and Washington as potential landing spots for #Gators QB Kyle Trask (Kiper views him as a second rounder)
— Matt Baker (@MBakerTBTimes) March 1, 2021
The fit with the Steelers would be perfect. In fact, that’s probably the best landing spot for Trask outside of New Orleans. Since Pittsburgh has limited cap space yet still needs to find a replacement for Ben Roethlisberger, Trask would have an opportunity there.
The Football Team also have a glaring need at quarterback. Alex Smith is gone, and there’s no way they roll into the 2021 season with Kyle Allen, Taylor Heinicke and Steven Montez as the only three QB options on the roster.
They’ll probably go the free agency route, especially if Marcus Mariota becomes available, but Trask could fit there as well. Of course, I like Pittsburgh and New Orleans better myself.
Honestly, I also wouldn’t mind seeing him reunite with his former offensive coordinator Brian Johnson in Philadelphia either. Johnson is now the quarterbacks coach for the Eagles, and people are speculating that the team is looking for someone to compete with Jalen Hurts.
Trask has been the forgotten man in all the quarterback talk. Most of that is warranted, as he isn’t the same caliber prospect as the top five. But it’s possible that he could turn out to be a starter down the road.
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