Bill Belichick enjoys writing mid-round quarterbacks almost as much as he enjoys proving that the Patriots are smarter than everyone else.
Enter Florida quarterback Kyle Trask.
There is “a little buzz in league circles that the Patriots are doing a lot of homework on Kyle Trask,” NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah said on his “Move the Sticks” podcast.
Belichick has never used a first-round pick on a quarterback in five seasons as head coach of the Browns plus 21 as head coach and general manager of the Patriots. Sure, he had Tom Brady for 20 seasons and didn’t need to add a quarterback, but the Patriots have drafted players like Rohan Davey, Kevin O’Connell, Ryan Mallett, Jimmy Garoppolo, Jacoby Brissett. and Jarrett Stidham between second and fourth. tours during Belichick’s tenure.
Trask is thrown somewhere in this second, third or fourth turn range. The consensus is that five quarterbacks will be selected in the top half of the first round: Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, Trey Lance, Justin Fields and Mac Jones.
Lawrence and Wilson should be the top two picks. If the Patriots are to land any of the other three, they’ll likely have to drop from No.15 in the first round. But Belichick generally prefers to trade.
The other three best quarterbacks available are Trask, Kellen Mond and Davis Mills. And three different people will give three different orders of how these three should be classified.
Trask was a Heisman Trophy finalist after throwing 43 touchdown passes with first-round weapons Kadarius Toney and Kyle Pitts in his sights. Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was spotted on Florida Professional Day.
If the Patriots are doing their homework on Trask, maybe it’s because they see him as Cam Newton’s successor after the 2021 season. It looks like Stidham’s limited window of opportunity has already closed early in this season. its third season.
Or the homework on Trask could be a smokescreen. Or the research might reveal something that says to avoid Trask.
Predicting Belichick’s movements can be like blindfolded swings on a piñata.