• Devy Diamonds- The Kyle Trask Explosion

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    Kyle Trask has quickly shot up most Superflex draft boards and devy rankings. Is he the real deal and worth the investment?

    Kyle Trask has exploded onto the college football scene. In his first season as the opening game starter, Trask is picking apart SEC defense and leading the elite football conference in passing TDs with 14 scores in only 3 games. The Gator signal caller was a popular sleeper in Devy startup drafts, but no one could predict this kind of breakout, right?

    The Texas native came to Gainsville without a lot of fanfare or hype as a 3-star recruit. However, he got himself into the 2017 QB conversation before getting hurt and falling into a back-up role. In 2019, Feleipe Franks was lost for the season  due to a broken ankle, which lead to Trask stepping up and putting together an underrated/efficient season. Now, Trask has solidified himself as a legit Superflex draft target and a stud in CFB leagues.

    In this installment, we mine to find where exactly to place Kyle Trask in terms of value in rookie drafts for both Superflex and 1 QB formats.

    @FF_Banterman’s Breaking It Down: 

    • Size:
      • 6'5" 240 lbs.
    • 2019 Numbers
      • 237-for-354 (66.9 comp %), 2941 passing yards, 8.3 YPA, 25 TDs, 7 INT
    • 2020 Numbers:
      • 74-for-103 (71.8 comp %), 996 passing yards, 9.7 YPA, 12 AYPA, 14 TDs, 1 INT through 3 games


    •  Strengths:
      • Ideal size and strength for a NFL field general who works hard to overachieve
      • High IQ and understanding of coverage- doesn't tip off defenses
      • Quick release and looks to get rid of the ball quickly
      • Very accurate thrower with above-average arm strength
      • Great pocket presence, able to calmly evade tacklers when the pocket starts to collapse
      • Extends plays with his legs, able to make great throws on the move and can improvise if needed
    • Weaknesses:
      • Not a long resume as a starting QB- raises questions of sustainability
      • Not a great athlete, so doesn't offer a lot of rushing upside
      • Could improve on his mechanics as he can be inconsistent with his throws
      • He make great throws off his back foot, but a bit of bad habit to do so frequently

    The Bottom Line on Kyle Trask:

    Hindsight is always 20/20, but Trask didn't exactly come out of nowhere. After putting up some solid and efficient numbers in 2019, Trask clearly offered upside potential, but it's hard to believe anyone expected this type of output.

    The Gators’ QB is on pace for over 3300 passing yard and 46 TDs this season. Devy players should to expect him to slow down that rate a bit. However,  there's no denying that this guy is EN FUEGO, while playing in one of the most difficult conferences in all of college football.

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    At this point in the season, Trask projects as a back-end 1st round selection in upcoming Superflex rookie drafts.  This 2021 draft class was already very deep and loaded at the top, so that's outstanding value for a potentially starting QB. Though he definitely has areas of improvement, Trask has the size, skill set, work ethic and game IQ to be a successful NFL signal caller as long as he stays clear of Adam Gase.

    As is the case with most rookie QBs, draft capital and landing spot will be the true keys to determining Trask's draft spot, though this writer is currently projecting him to be either a 1st or 2nd round selection. Managers should expect him to bringing similar value/ADP to his rookie draft as Justin Herbert did and look how that pick is working out.

    Trask is a dual devy threat, as he puts up the production to lead managers to college title contention and offers intriguing professional level upside. If your Superflex dynasty team is lacking some youth at its most important position, Trask is an excellent target who stock is definitely up, but not to unattainable status (i.e.- Trevor Lawrence).

    @ff_banterman's Pick Target for Kyle Trask

    • NFL Player Trade Value Equivalent- Superflex:
      • Jarvis Landry- The PPR stand by isn't going to win you leagues, but Trask has that type of potential if he lands with the right team. Would you like to roll the dice?
      • Older secondary QBs (Big Ben, Rivers)- If you're out of it and a contender has Trask, this trade helps both sides. Trask is by far the best 2021 QB prospect you could get straight up for an old hurler.
    • Insanely Early 2021 Rookie Draft Projection: 
      • 1QB Leagues- Late 2nd round/Early 3rd round
      • SF Leagues- End of the 1st round behind all of the proven studs

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