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Miami Hurricanes QB Brad Kaaya picked by Detroit Lions in the NFL Draft

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Miami’s record-setting QB begins his NFL journey after being drafted.

After a record-setting collegiate career at Miami, Hurricanes QB Brad Kaaya has been drafted in the sixth round by the Detroit Lions. Yes, that means he will be reunited with current Lions TE coach and former Hurricanes head coach, Al Golden.

Kaaya is a cerebral player with a good ability to recognize coverage and outstanding accuracy. At 6’4” 214lbs, Kaaya has very good size for the quarterback position. Kaaya has a good, but not great, arm, and uses anticipation to make plays.

Unlike some others at the QB position, Kaaya is not fleet afoot. He is the prototypical pocket passer, who will move some but prefers to be on rhythm in the pocket to unleash a variety of throws all over the field.

And, a fun fact that I’m sure you heard on the NFL draft broadcast and will continue to hear throughout Kaaya’s NFL career: Brad’s mom Angela Means played the role of Felisha in the iconic 1995 movie Friday. What, you didn’t know that? Well, now you do. And yes, here’s a clip for you: WARNING - vulgar language

And the genesis of “Bye Felisha”

And YES, it’s “Felisha”, NOT “Felicia”. Y’all should know better by now. SMH.

Anyways, back to Brad...

In 3 years at Miami, Kaaya rewrote much of the Hurricanes’ career passing records. In 38 games played (Kaaya missed one game in 2015 due to concussion), Kaaya went 720/1188 passing (60.6% completions) with 9968 yards, 69 (nice) TDs and 24 INTs. Kaaya is the Canes’ all-time leader in completions, attempts, yards, 200 yard games, and 300 yard games. Here’s more of a career retrospective on Kaaya:

Opinions on Kaaya’s NFL future are widely varied. Some think he can be a quality starter in the NFL. Others think that the decision to come out of school early was a bad, bad mistake. Either way, Kaaya has been drafted, and will begin his professional career now.

For a school that routinely puts top players into the NFL, Brad Kaaya is the first Miami Hurricanes QB drafted since Ken Dorsey was selected in the 7th round of the 2003 NFL Draft. Yes, really. It’s been that long.

As with all Miami players, Kaaya’s performances vs Florida State are things that will be looked at as indicative of what he can do vs top competition. In 3 games vs FSU, Kaaya went 64/115 (55.7% completions), for 935 yards, with 7 TDs and 2 INTs. Even though WINS ARE NOT A QUARTERBACK STAT, it’s worth noting that Kaaya’s teams never beat the Seminoles.

Draft breakdown has video from the 2015 game when Kaaya (29/49, 405 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT) was stellar and did everything he could to keep Miami in that game.

A native of Los Angeles, CA, Kaaya could be boom or bust at the NFL level. He’ll need a good offensive line and solid cast around him to be successful, but that can be found in the NFL.

Congratulations, Brad!