Buccaneers: Correcting “pros” bad draft grades for team

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QB Kyle Trask, Florida

Had this pick been made at 32 instead of 64, everyone would have the right to complain. But it wasn’t, despite those who believe it was a pick too soon. Aha, but we forget, the Bucs pick last. So, their pick is either the last of the second round or the first of the third round, depending on how you choose to look at it.

Did Tampa need a quarterback? Maybe yes maybe no, but Kyle Trask has some qualities that force you to take a second or even third look. Take his Gator career for starters. He basically took control of the position when he was brought into a game when Feleipe Franks was injured against Kentucky.

Trailing 21-10 late in the third quarter, Trask turned things around. Coming in cold off the bench, Trask completed his first four passes, and then handed the ball off to Lamical Perine for the score. Then he led the team to a Brady-Esque 29-21 victory.

In his last season at Florida, the team was 10-2. While there are plenty of pundit knocks against Trask, his performance seems to mirror that of another Tampa QB. Not needing a QB, why not get one anyway and groom him for what will, at some point, be an open roster spot.
“I love his story of perseverance. The guy’s a fighter. He’s a competitor and once again a great team player. He’s had a lot of great players there at Florida he’s thrown the ball around too and has had a lot of success. And we have a lot of great players here too,” Arians said in a Pewter Report interview by Matt Matera earlier this season.