Kyle Trask will be the biggest bust of the 2021 NFL Draft

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May 3rd, 2021

While most teams looked to fill holes or find generational talents at the 2021 NFL Draft, some franchises reached on projects at positions that don’t present immediate need.

Tampa Bay made a colossal mistake selecting Trask in the second round

One such example is second-round draft pick Kyle Trask of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Trask is projected to sit behind Tom Brady, where he will be able to learn and progress before taking the reins and leading the Bucs upon Brady’s retirement. The problem for the Bucs, however, is these plans are ill-fated. Trask has no hope of becoming a longtime NFL starter, and is destined to be a big-time bust.

The Bucs don't need Trask... yet

The Bucs have no urgency to promote Trask to the starting role, especially after winning a Super Bowl last season thanks to Brady's brilliant play and leadership. The hope is presumably that he will receive adequate time to learn the offense and the NFL at-large behind the greatest quarterback of all time. 

Trask's gaudy stats were a reflection of the talent around him

In some ways, the two QBs are quite similar, but not in a good way. Brady and Trask are both immobile and lack cannon arms. Where Brady has excelled, however, is in developing tremendous accuracy, an unparalleled cerebral understanding of the game, and elite footwork. Trask has proven to possess none of these qualities. While it may be true he improved his completion percentage year-over-year, he was still just fourth in the SEC during his breakout campaign.

Trask's impressive statistics can be attributed to the elite talent around him, including 2021 first-rounders Kyle Pitts and Kadarius Toney. Pitts has been described as a generational talent at tight-end, and Toney was a Swiss Army Knife on the Florida offense.

Don't expect big things from Trask

Because of their similarities entering the league and the landing spot in Tampa, many are quick to compare Trask to Brady. It is a lofty comparison, and one that is very unlikely to come to fruition.

The average NFL career is just under three years. Trask may very well exceed that average as he rides the bench, but nothing about him gives the impression Trask will be a longterm starting quarterback. He has spent most of his football career on the bench, and will have far more impact with a headset on than a helmet.