At this point in the pre-draft process, it’s hard to find a quarterback the Patriots haven’t been tied to. The rumor mill keeps on spinning, and the latest flavor of the week appears to be Florida’s Kyle Trask.
During his Moving the Sticks podcast on Friday, NFL Draft insider Daniel Jeremiah mentioned that he’s heard “a little buzz in league circles that the Patriots are doing a lot of homework on Kyle Trask.” Trask is currently projected as a second round pick, who could potentially sneak into the end of the first round if a QB-needy team wants to reach.
Trask’s path to the draft is an interesting one. He didn’t see a ton of playing time in high school, where he backed up Heisman hopeful D’Eriq King. Still, he did enough to impress Florida coaches, and ended up in Gainesville where he once again served as a backup – this time to Feleipe Franks – for two and a half seasons. It wasn’t until Franks ankle injury midway through the 2019 season that Trask got his shot, and led the Gators to a 17-5 record as a starter.
While the Patriots generally value experience a the quarterback position, Trask’s career arc is strikingly similar to Matt Cassel – who Bill Belichick took in the seventh round in 2005. Trask’s body of work is a bit more complete, and he likely won’t make it to Day 3, but his unconventional high school and college career shouldn’t eliminate him as a Patriots option.
If the Patriots do pass on taking a quarterback in Round 1, who are some of their other options? Here’s a look from 98.5’s Matt Dolloff.
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