While the New Orleans Saints have made it known that they have interest in Kyle Trask, there’s no denying that it may come off to some as a smokescreen as the team already has a capable, young quarterback.
Now, there is reason to believe that 27-year-old Jameis Winston won’t be a long-term solution both in the fact that his market may improve if he thrives in the Big Easy and just because he’s not as young as a typical long-term option is considered to be.
The New Orleans Saints reportedly “like” Florida quarterback Kyle Trask. But, they’ll need quite a drop in his stock to actually acquire him.
For now, Winston is going to be their guy. That is, of course, Taysom Hill wins the quarterback battle. While Hill was the favorable option last season, the Saints are likely to go with the more true pocket passer in Winston.
But, five years down the road, Trask could be the player they want captaining their team, and for most of his final season at Florida, he looked like an elite option. Trask looked skilled enough at his Pro Day to be drafted within the top three rounds.
Trask didn’t end in Heisman contention due to a few turnover-heavy games late in the season, but his numbers at the end of the season were still among the best in college football which will be enough to get him drafted among the second tier of quarterbacks.
The 6-foot-5 quarterback ended with 43 touchdowns and 8 interceptions, both drastic increases from the season before. He finished the season with 4,283 yards as well. That’s not bad with top-ten pick Kyle Pitts as your main target.
Given his success with the Florida Gators yet lack of ceiling at the next level, Trask is often mocked as a third-round draft pick. While that’s a decent spot for him, the Saints’ interest may not be there then.
The Saints have holes at cornerback, wide receiver, and on the defensive line. With four picks in the first three rounds, it could take a Jake Fromm-like fall. The Georgia standout went in the fifth round a season ago.
That may be where the Saints envision drafting him. If that happens and with the recent report, expect Trask to join the Saints, but it’s far from a guarantee.