NFL Draft 2021: Florida QB Kyle Trask not worried about lack of draft hype

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Florida QB Kyle Trask not worried about lack of draft hype originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Florida quarterback Kyle Trask turned in one of the best single-seasons by a Gators quarterback in school history in 2020. His 43 touchdown passes were the most of any quarterback in the FBS, while only Alabama's Mac Jones finished the season with more passing yards in all of Div. I.

However, as the calendar inches closer to the 2021 NFL Draft, Trask has simply not had the same draft hype as several of his class counterparts. The Florida passer has been largely grouped in the second tier of quarterbacks in this class, with a sizeable gap between him and the five QBs considered to be first-round locks (Jones, Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, Justin Fields and Trey Lance).

Trask -- a Heisman Trophy finalist who was once considered to be a potential first-round pick earlier in the draft process -- is not worried about the lack of love he's received during the pre-draft process, though.

"To be honest, I'm not too concerned about what other people are saying about me or what they are talking about in the media," Trask said Wednesday following his Pro Day.

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The 23-year-old compared the lack of draft hype he's received to what it was like for him in high school when he wasn't highly recruited.

Trask spent much of his high school career as a backup to current Miami star D'Eriq King and did not start after his freshman year. Still, he earned a scholarship offer to Florida and worked his way up the depth chart before eventually becoming the starter in 2019.

"If you go back in my story, obviously, I wasn't very highly recruited," Trask said. "I've never been the one to really focus on other people's opinions."

Where Trask will eventually be selected come April's draft is uncertain, but most mocks have the Florida QB coming off the board either in the second or third round.

The Washington Football Team and the Chicago Bears are two franchises Trask has been frequently mocked to, as each has a current veteran passer in place but no long-term solution at the sport's most important position. Earlier in the draft process, ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper cited Washington and Pittsburgh as the two best fits for Trask.

Like everyone else, Trask doesn't know where he'll ultimately end up. But for now, he's not worried about where he'll be playing football next.

"I just know I can control what I can control and that's what I'm going to continue to do," Trask said.