2017 NFL Draft Profile: Quarterback Brad Kaaya
By Jason Rodriguez
In this 2017 NFL Draft profile, we analyze the strengths and weaknesses of quarterback Brad Kaaya out of Miami University.
A three-year starter for the Hurricanes, Kaaya played in a shotgun type of offense his first two seasons. Under head coach Mark Richt, he played a pro-style offensive scheme this past season. He keeps his mechanics compact and smooth. Kaaya, however, has a major problem in making decisions from the pocket and tends to not be able to take the pressure. His overall 2017 NFL Draft stock is pretty average.
He won the starting position at Miami his freshman season which is hard to do in many programs. He won the rookie of the year award with 2,198 passing yards and 26 touchdowns. Kaaya’s completion percentage was incredible at 61 percent. That is one statistic that many NFL teams would love to have a quarterback each season.
Kaaya displays very tight passes on a lot of slant and out routes which is an important thing to have. He likes to use the entire field and is able to find his other receivers in stride. He can control his presence in the pocket and is able to deliver.
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He became the all-time leader in passing yards at 9,968 yards. He has very effective pocket presence movements while using pumps and motions. Kaaya has a strong understanding of throwing the football down the field. He is able to fit the football into tight coverages that would surprise many people.
He shows a lot of hesitation while sitting in the pocket which makes him hold onto the football too much. Mechanics need some polishing and needs to work on footwork. Kaaya is also very injury prone which will concern several teams.
In the last two seasons, he suffered multiple injuries that caused him to miss playing time. He needs to learn how to get the football out quicker to avoid interceptions. His deep passes lack any life which fade out before reaching the receiver.
Next: 2017 NFL Draft Profile: Wide Receiver Mike Williams
DRAFT DAY PREDICTION
Overall, Kaaya has the potential to be an outstanding athlete with the desire to get better. He needs to fix multiple areas of his game in order to be successful. This year’s draft for quarterbacks is heavily stocked so he might get lost among all the names. Expect to see Kaaya being drafted in the late 2nd or early 3rd Round.