Heading into the NFL Draft, public visibility, especially for QBs, is at a premium. Former Miami Hurricanes QB Brad Kaaya will get some visibility, and a chance to earn favor in the court of public opinion, by being featured in ESPN’s Gruden QB Camp.
Hosted by former NFL Coach Jon Gruden, who led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a Super Bowl XXXVII championship and has a reputation for developing QBs, Gruden’s QB Camp is a staple in the pre-draft landscape. Excerpts of interviews with all of the participating QBs will be shown across the ESPN family of networks and shows leading up to the draft. For many people, this will be one of the first times they’ve heard the participating QBs talk, so there’s much to be gained — or lost — in the court of public opinion in this show.
One of 7 participants in the upcoming TV series, Kaaya will be able to show the country at large his on-field performance in his record-setting collegiate career, as well as his ability to process information and discuss the finer points of playing QB.
A Los Angeles, CA native, Kaaya looks to be the first Miami Hurricanes QB taken in the NFL draft since Ken Dorsey was drafted in the 7th round in the 2003 NFL Draft.
For more on the Gruden QB Camp series, and Kaaya’s place in it, here are parts of the press release from ESPN, which you can read in its entirely in the link above:
Jon Gruden’s QB Camp series, a signature element of ESPN’s annual pre-NFL Draft coverage, returns for its eighth year this spring. In all, 50 quarterbacks – including 15 current NFL starters – have participated in the series. Notable players include Super Bowl champion Russell Wilson, former No. 1 overall pick Andrew Luck, 2015 NFL MVP Cam Newton, two-time Pro Bowler Derek Carr and 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Dak Prescott, who was mentored by Gruden just a year ago.
In the coming weeks, Gruden will welcome seven quarterbacks to ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando where he’ll spend time with each prospect in the film room and on the field. Excerpts of the visits will be featured the same day on SportsCenter, NFL Live and other shows.
On Kaaya: “Kaaya is interesting. The Hurricanes combine the I-formation with the college spread system, and he’s an accurate passer. He got hit a lot this year, but when he has protection, he can throw the football. He relies on timing and he’s going to be a pocket-passer for someone who really wants to accentuate that.”
Kaaya joins Joshua Dobbs (Tennessee), Deshone Kizer (Notre Dame), Patrick Mahomes (Texas Tech), Nathan Peterman (Pittsburgh), Mitch Trubisky (North Carolina), and Deshaun Watson (Clemson) as this year’s participants in Gruden’s QB Camp.
There are widely varying thoughts of where Brad Kaaya may get drafted. A step toward proving he’s worthy of being picked higher rather than lower would be a strong showing on this upcoming TV event.
Give ‘em hell, Brad.