Brad Kaaya projected as top QB in 2017 mock drafts

ESPN’s Todd McShay became the latest analyst to project Brad Kaaya as Miami’s next big-time NFL draft pick.

Brad Kaaya has been every bit as good as UM hoped. (Getty Images)

Brad Kaaya has been every bit as good as UM hoped. (Getty Images)

Kaaya, who will be a junior this fall and thus eligible to declare for the 2017 draft, is No. 2 overall in McShay’s latest mock draft.

Kaaya has dismissed any talk of his pro future as premature — “I want to win first,” he said recently — but his stats, size (6-foot-4, 215 pounds) and skills long ago caught the eye of scouts.

Sports Illustrated has him going No. 1 overall to the Cleveland Browns, writing this:

Since 2000, a quarterback has been the No. 1 pick 12 times, and in three of the past five drafts QBs have gone 1-2. So, just playing the percentages here. There is no question that Deshaun Watson will be a Heisman favorite this season, off his brilliant 2015. There’s also little question that, on paper, Kaaya—who is 6′ 4″ and plays in a pro-style scheme—better fits the NFL prototype. 

The website WalterFootball.com, which projects drafts up to three years in advance, had him as the No. 1 overall pick in December (he now, like McShay, places Kaaya No. 2, behind Clemson’s Deshaun Watson). SBNation’s Mocking the Draft site also has Kaaya No. 2. CBS Sports, which rates Kaaya as the third-best quarterback in the 2018 senior class (behind Watson and Washington State’s Luke Falk) has him at No. 23 in its mock.

The San Diego Union-Tribune, which covers the draft heavily, has Kaaya No. 1 at this point.

An early nonbeliever: Pro Football Focus, which doesn’t include Kaaya in the first round of its mock.

When we spoke with DraftInsider.net publisher Tony Pauline in January, Pauline said Kaaya could be the first quarterback taken.

“He’s got first-round physical skills,” Pauline said. “If he increases his production, the sky’s the limit for him.”

If he declares, could he be the first quarterback drafted?

“You can’t really say,” Pauline said. “If he has a knockout-type year, no doubt.”

 

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