TAMPA, Fla. — If the Bucs decide to draft a quarterback this month, they don’t need someone to dethrone Tom Brady.
They need someone who can learn from him for a season or two while developing into a starter. Someone with a history of maximizing limited reps. Someone patient enough to sit on the bench for years before rising to the moment when his opportunity finally arrives.
Someone like the Florida Gators' Kyle Trask.
There’s more to the idea than the obvious Florida connection. The Bucs don’t have a quarterback under the age of 30 on their roster, so adding youth to the position makes sense. Coach Bruce Arians said the team “wouldn’t be against” drafting a passer to develop.
Trask said the Bucs are among the teams he has met with over Zoom, and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich and quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen were both at his pro day last month. That means the team has at least explored the possibility of adding Trask.
If nothing else, Trask has the right make-up and background to be a potential fit in Tampa.
At Manvel (Texas) High, Trask was stuck behind D’Eriq King, now a star at the University of Miami. Trask shined in his rare opportunities, throwing 16 touchdowns and no interceptions over his final two seasons as a change-of-pace option.
At Florida, Trask saw four quarterbacks start in front of him before Feleipe Franks injured his ankle at Kentucky in 2019.
“You could just tell the offense took off when Kyle Trask came in,” ESPN analyst Todd McShay said.
Trask sparked a second-half comeback in a 29-21 triumph and quickly became a star. He led UF to the Orange Bowl in 2019, then set single-season passing records for touchdowns (43) and yards (4,283) last season as a Heisman Trophy finalist.