5 quarterbacks the Panthers could still select in the 2021 NFL Draft
Kyle Trask – Florida
Few would argue that Kyle Trask didn’t come into the evaluation process on a significant high after a standout 2020 season with Florida. The quarterback put up some lofty numbers to finish fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting. But there appears to be plenty of concerns as to whether he can transition this form to the professional ranks.
Having guys like Kadarius Toney, Trevon Grimes, and projected top-five pick Kyle Pitts in the passing game helped Trask enormously. He is an intelligent thrower who can make a difference all over the field, although his deep ball has been a work in progress since assuming a starting role.
Trask’s leadership qualities are there for all to see. He commands the respect of his teammates and comes into the evaluation process on the back of 4,283 passing yards, 43 touchdowns, eight interceptions, a 68.9 percent completion percentage, and a passer efficiency rating of 180.3. This was higher than Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields, and on a par with what Trey Lance accomplished in 2019.
So what’s the problem?
Mobility is a real concern where Trask is concerned. This is something he’s been working hard on and did show improved footwork at his pro day. But it’s another matter entirely putting this to good use when fierce NFL pass-rushers are looking to bring you to the ground.
With that being said, Trask should be the first signal-caller off the board in Day 2, with the chances of a contending team taking him late in the first another possibility.
But it would be a bombshell if the Carolina Panthers went in this particular direction.