Could the New Orleans Saints Draft QB Kyle Trask in 2021?

Published 04/04/2021, 3:41 PM EDT


The New Orleans Saints find themselves in a difficult spot. Their franchise quarterback Drew Brees (42) announced his retirement from the league following the conclusion of the 2021 NFL season.

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Considering that Brees spent 15 seasons with the franchise, the Saints’ fans will need some time to get used to having a new QB under center. And of course, whoever follows Brees will have big shoes to fill.

Drew Brees won the city of New Orleans, it’s first and only Super Bowl back in 2009. And even in the NFL community, Brees is seen as an icon, and one of the best to have played football.

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Drew Brees #9 and Jameis Winston #2 of the New Orleans Saints during their game against the San Francisco 49ers. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Now, the New Orleans Saints currently have two options for 2021. Signing both Taysom Hill to Jameis Winston for next season, the franchise will have two quarterbacks vying for the starting spot.

While both bring a different set of skill sets to the fore, it’s hard to envision either being a long-term option for the Saints. So, if the New Orleans Saints were to draft a young prospect this season, all signs point to one name.

Is Kyle Trask a risk worth taking for the New Orleans Saints?

The New Orleans Saints have the 28th pick in this season’s draft. That puts them well beyond the reach of the highly sought-after top 5 QBs available in this season’s draft.

But one quarterback beyond the top 5 is Florida’s Kyle Trask. The QB raked up a nation-best 43 touchdown passes and finished second in the country for passing yards with 4,283 in 2020.

An accurate passer of the football, Trask could be integrated well into a system that Drew Brees thrived in. Having elite playmakers around him like wide receiver Michael Thomas and running back Alvin Kamara will also see the rookie quarterback up his game.

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Drafting Trask in the first round though would hinder the franchise’s efforts to improve its secondary. The franchise could also choose to draft another talented wide receiver to form a lethal partnership with Thomas.

With the 2022 Draft Class not projected to have any major quarterbacks coming through, picking up Trask could be a wise option. If they do draft Trask, they could sit out the QB for his rookie year and let the more experienced players take to the field.

And by 2022, if that doesn’t click, they can be rest assured that they’ll have a promising young QB ready to take over.

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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