The Tampa Bay strikers hope to find Tom Brady’s successor by choosing Florida defender Kyle Trask in the second round of the NFL Draft on Friday with the 64th overall pick.
Trask, the sixth quarterback drawn this year and the first taken after the first round on Thursday, will only have to travel 136 miles down I-75 from Gainesville to play for defending Super Bowl Buccaneers.
“Staying in Florida is amazing,” said Trask, who grew up in Manwell, Texas. “I loved my time at the University of Florida. Being able to pursue a career along the way is amazing. I love the state of Florida. I’m glad I’m staying there for now.”
Trask made 552 of 81
Trask is the first Gators quarterback since Tim Tebow became the 25th overall in 2010, and it is also the first quarterback made by the Bucs since Jameis Winston was first elected in 2015.
Congratulations @ ktrask9. You are the true definition of perseverance and grit. Your patience and hard work paid off. I will look forward to seeing you on Sunday for a long time. @Buccaneers pic.twitter.com/F3TpXowAAp
– Dan Mullen (@CoachDanMullen) May 1, 2021
Florida coach Dan Mullen wrote a congratulatory message on Twitter to Trask, calling it “the true definition of perseverance and tenacity,” adding that Trask’s patience and hard work paid off. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday for a long time. ”
Trask’s 43 misses led to FBS in 2020, and he broke Danny Wurfel’s 24-year record of 39 years, tying him third on the SEC list for a one-season record behind Joe Burrow and Drew Locke.
The Beechs can spend time with Trask, who will be behind Brady, who has a two-season contract, and Ryan Griffin, who was the third quarterback last year.
Brady, who won his seventh Super Bowl in his first season with Tampa Bay, turned 44 in August and has repeatedly said he would like to play until he is at least 45 years old.
“They definitely have a great system that works there in Tampa Bay. The opportunity to learn [from] one of the greats I was looking to grow, it was one of my favorites – to have that opportunity is really remarkable, “Trask told Brady.” But I will still come in and work out my queue and do what I can to help this team. “
Trask said he has remained open throughout the pre-preparation process, but acknowledged that Tampa Bay is one of his favorites. He was well aware of their explosive crime, as Bucs games were broadcast on Gainesville.
“I was definitely not 100% sure of anything, just because I know how crazy the project can be,” he said. “I was just thrilled to see that the Tampa, Florida phone number called me. It was a feeling like no other. … I was just like, ‘Man, it was amazing. “
“I just think the organization is in a great place right now,” Trask said. “I just got along so well with all the offensive coaches in all the Zooms and being able to talk to them on a professional day and stuff like that along the way. So I’m really excited to start and let go and do what I can to helped the team. “
The selection of Trask from Tampa Bay with the last choice in the second round started a series of quarterbacks. Two seats after being selected, the Minnesota Vikings took Kellen Mond of Texas A&M at number 66 overall, followed by Stanford’s choice of Stanford’s Houston Texas at number 67.
The eight quarterbacks selected in the top 70 of the overall selection are the most in a single project in the Common Draft Era, according to ESPN Statistics & Information.