The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are hoping they’ve discovered the inheritor to Tom Brady, choosing Florida quarterback Kyle Trask within the second spherical of the NFL draft Friday with the sixty fourth total decide.
Trask, the sixth quarterback drafted this yr and the primary taken after Thursday’s first spherical, will solely should enterprise 136 miles down I-75 from Gainesville to play for the defending Tremendous Bowl champion Buccaneers.
“Staying in Florida is superb,” stated Trask, who grew up in Manvel, Texas. “I cherished my time on the College of Florida. To have the chance to proceed my profession proper down the highway is superb. I like the state of Florida. I am glad I get to remain there for now.”
Trask accomplished 552‐of-813 passes for 7,386 yards and 69 touchdowns in 28 profession video games with the Gators. He handed for 4,283 yards and had 9 consecutive video games with at the least three landing passes final season, and likewise set a single-season SEC report with 5 400-yard passing video games.
Trask is the primary Gators quarterback drafted since Tim Tebow went twenty fifth total in 2010, and he is additionally the primary quarterback drafted by the Bucs since Jameis Winston was chosen first total in 2015.
Congrats @ktrask9. You’re the true definition of perseverance and grit. Your persistence and exhausting work has paid off. Trying ahead to watching you on Sundays for a very long time. @Buccaneers pic.twitter.com/F3TpXowAAp
— Dan Mullen (@CoachDanMullen) May 1, 2021
Florida coach Dan Mullen tweeted a congratulatory message to Trask, calling him the “true definition of perseverance and grit” and including that Trask’s “persistence and exhausting work has paid off. Trying ahead to watching you on Sundays for a very long time.”
Trask’s 43 passing touchdowns led the FBS in 2020, and he broke Danny Wuerffel’s 24-year-old faculty report of 39, tying him for third on the SEC single-season report record behind Joe Burrow and Drew Lock.
The Bucs can take their time with Trask, who will develop behind each Brady, who’s below contract for 2 extra seasons, and Ryan Griffin, who was the third-string quarterback final yr.
Brady, who received his seventh Tremendous Bowl in his first season with Tampa Bay, turns 44 in August and has repeatedly stated he’d wish to play at the least till he is 45.
“They undoubtedly have an awesome system occurring there in Tampa Bay. The chance to be taught [from] one of many greats I watched rising up, that is been one in every of my favorites — to have that chance is really outstanding,” Trask stated of Brady. “However however, I am gonna are available and work my tail off and do no matter I can to assist this crew.”
Trask stated he stored an open thoughts all through the pre-draft course of, however admitted Tampa Bay was one in every of his favorites. He had a powerful familiarity with their explosive offense as a result of Bucs video games are televised in Gainesville.
“I undoubtedly wasn’t 100% certain about something simply because I understand how loopy the draft could be,” he stated. “I used to be simply tremendous excited after I noticed that Tampa, Florida, quantity name me. It was a sense like no different. … I used to be identical to, ‘Man, it was unbelievable.'”
“I simply suppose the group’s in an awesome spot proper now,” Trask stated. “I simply received alongside so nice with all of the offensive coaches in all of the Zooms, and having the ability to speak with them at professional day and issues like that alongside the best way. So I am simply actually trying ahead to getting began and placing within the work and doing no matter I can to assist the crew.”
Tampa Bay’s number of Trask with the final decide within the second spherical began a run on quarterbacks. Two spots after he was chosen, the Minnesota Vikings took Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond at No. 66 total, adopted by the Houston Texans’ decide of Stanford’s Davis Mills at No. 67.
The eight quarterbacks chosen within the prime 70 total picks had been essentially the most in a single draft within the Frequent Draft Period, in accordance with ESPN Statistics & Data.