3 reasons Steelers should avoid Kyle Trask in the 2021 NFL Draft

Kyle Trask #11 of the Florida Gators. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Kyle Trask #11 of the Florida Gators. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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Florida Gators quarterback Kyle Trask (11). Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports /

Average arm talent with limited upside

Contrary to what popular opinion would have you believe, Kyle Trask does not have a cannon for an arm. In fact, when compared to starting NFL quarterbacks, it may just be average. Though he does throw a nice deep ball, Trask lacks the elite zip to routinely squeeze the ball into tight windows.

Don’t let anyone convince you that the size of the quarterback has anything to do with how much arm talent they have. While it’s true that a big player like Josh Allen has a cannon for an arm, most elite quarterbacks like Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers, Deshaun Watson, and Russell Wilson are all 6’2” or shorter. I think many people buy into the misconception that a big quarterback equals a big arm, but that simply isn’t the case.

Though Trask certainly has enough arm talent to be a starting-level NFL quarterback, he needs to have better than an average arm to make up for his deficiencies in other facets of his game (like the utter lack of mobility). While the average arm talent alone shouldn’t scare the Steelers away, it should certainly prevent them from taking a chance on Trask in the first round when combined with the other factors.