24 Nov 2020

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Summer Scouting Report: Kyle Trask, QB, Florida

Scenes from the Gators' 36-28 win against the Virginia Cavaliers in the Orange Bowl on December 30, 2019, in Miami, Fla.

RS Junior | 6’5”, 239 lbs | Manvel, TX

Patient pocket-passer with good footwork that throws with anticipation, but must improve arm strength and poise under pressure.

Kyle Trask waited for his chance for a long, long time. After replacing an injured Felipe Franks in the Kentucky game last year, Trask started his first game in six (6) years the next week. Backing up D’Eriq King in high school, Trask only received one FBS offer: Florida Gators. He redshirted his freshman year; saw no action. He tore his meniscus before the season opener against Michigan in 2017; saw no action. He finally saw some field time in 2018 as a backup, but fractured his foot in practice running a trick play, ending his season. Entering the Kentucky game in the 4th quarter down 11, he managed to help the Gators score 19 straight points to secure the comeback victory. With losses against only LSU and Georgia, Trask proved he could hang with the best of the SEC. He threw for 25 TDs/7 INTs with a 156.1 rating (9th in school history) and posted nearly 3,000 yards (2,941).

Strengths:

  • Above average at progressing through reads and reacting to coverage.
  • Shows good footwork and ability to reset his feet after avoiding pressure.
  • Quick release allows for him to get ball out with defenders in his face.
  • Great anticipation when throwing in-breaking routes.
  • Calm and patient in the pocket. 

Areas to Improve:

  • Internal clock is inconsistent at best. Will force a throw or take a sack more than he throws the ball away.
  • Accuracy needs to improve. Misses throws with clean pocket or open receivers badly on occasion. 
  • Will force a pass or take a sack more than he throws the ball away.
  • Acts more mobile than he is. Takes unnecessary hits as a runner.
  • More consistency with fitting throws into tight windows.
  • Struggles to get throws over tall defenders at the LOS.
  • Must improve ball placement on deep throws.
  • Does not throw the ball well in wet conditions. 
  • Will force passes under pressure.

Injury Concerns:

  • 2017: Torn Meniscus – 6 Weeks.
  • 2017: Foot Surgery – Missed entire season.
  • 2018: Foot Fracture – Missed remainder of season (4 games).
  • 2019: Sprained MCL – No time missed.

Way too Early Projection:

Trask is difficult to mock because of his limited tape and experience, so he is still a very raw talent. He has a lot of upside and there is reason to believe the hype. However, right now, he is not NFL ready and his projection depends a lot on how he plays this year. He will probably start his NFL as a backup, but with coaching and development, he could get a chance to lead an NFL team in the future.

What to Watch in 2020:

Personnel-wise, Lamical Perine is gone so there are looming questions with the competency of the run game. The most talented pass-catcher in Van Jefferson is gone, too. The good news is 4 of last year’s 5 starting linemen are returning so there will be familiar faces protecting him.

Okay, look. The pros/cons list above shows a lot more negatives than positives. I get it. Trask makes mistakes under pressure and will force throws, especially in critical situations (see 4th Quarter, LSU). He is going to have to get more comfortable in the pocket to improve his internal clock. When under pressure, he panics and gets away from his technique. As a thrower, he must show improvements in his deep ball accuracy. He constantly underthrows his bombs, making open receivers fight for 50/50 balls.

But, Kyle Trask is a smart quarterback. He knows how to go through his progressions and doesn’t make bad decisions in a clean pocket. His arm talent has potential, but it needs to match his IQ. Most importantly, he needs to get comfortable with making decisions under pressure if he wants to take the next step.

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