Much has been made of Miami Hurricanes QB Brad Kaaya. From his production as a freshman and sophomore, to his play as a junior, to a number of other things, the performance of the 21-year old junior from Los Angeles has been dissected since he set foot on campus in Coral Gables.
As a junior, Kaaya is eligible for the NFL draft, should he choose to leave school early. While that’s a discussion and decision for another time, once players are draft eligible, draft analysts can and will include them in their draft evaluations. To that end, Bleacher Report NFL Draft analyst Matt Miller has high praise for Kaaya, as evidenced in his recently released Top 50 + top 10 per position rankings.
Top 50 Big Board updated + top 10s at each position, including 4 1st Round QBs.https://t.co/OH5UmQgZ71— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) October 12, 2016
Miller has long been complimentary of Kaaya, and has the junior QB as the 14th best draft prospect overall. On top of that, Kaaya is Miller’s QB2. Both his overall and QB ranking are one spot ahead of Clemson star Deshaun Watson, who checks it at 15th overall and 3rd best QB prospect according to Miller.
As he has been since Miller’s first version of these rankings, Kaaya is the “most NFL ready” QB according to this list. Kaaya is a cerebral player, with the physical skills to make any NFL throw you need. He doesn’t have the strongest arm, but he doesn’t have a limp noodle, either.
Stacy Coley was Miller’s “best slot receiver” prior to the season, but has since slipped off this list of top 10 receivers. Coley, who has 22 catches for 291 yards (13.23 yards/catch) and 6 TDs, is steadily proving that he will have a future on Sundays, even if this particular list doesn’t have him at the top of the draft.
That Kaaya is the only player mentioned on Miller’s top 50 or top 10 positional rankings isn’t surprising. Most of Miami’s top draft talents are underclassmen, and players like Chad Thomas, though draft eligible, would greatly benefit from another year of development at the collegiate level.
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