With the 64th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected quarterback Kyle Trask.
The Heisman Trophy finalist became the fifth quarterback selected in the draft, and the only taken in the second round. He is the first quarterback drafted out of Florida since Tim Tebow in 2010.
One of the best stories in all of college football, Trask did not start in high school and played a backup role at Florida until Feleipe Franks went down with an injury at Kentucky in 2019. From that second half comeback performance on, Trask put together one of the most unexpected and incredible careers by a quarterback in school history.
In just 28 appearances, he threw for 7,386 yards and 69 touchdowns. His final season accounted for most of that production, with 4,283 passing yards and 43 touchdowns.
Trask led the nation in touchdown passes and total touchdowns in 2020 while finishing second in passing yards.
With help from weapons like first-round picks Kyle Pitts and Kadarius Toney, Trask turned Florida’s offense into one of the most explosive in the country. He led the Gators to the SEC Championship Game and a third consecutive New Year’s Six bowl appearance.
In Trask, the Bucs get a guy who will prepare himself as well as any backup quarterback in the league. Behind Tom Brady, he has the opportunity to learn from the greatest of all time, and could be considered a steal as a Day 2 pick a few years down the line.