NFL Network scout Daniel Jeremiah offered his preseason take on Hurricanes quarterback Brad Kaaya, saying he has “plenty of arm talent” but struggles under pressure.
According to Jeremiah — who watched footage of Miami’s games against Florida State (Oct. 10, 2015), Virginia Tech (Oct. 17, 2015), Clemson (Oct. 24, 2015) — here are Kaaya’s pros:
- “quick feet in his setup”
- “smooth, fluid delivery”
- “throws a beautiful, tight ball”
- “has enough velocity to make all of the throws”
- “operates in a spread attack but there are plenty of examples where I see him read the entire field
- “flashes the ability to anticipate and accurately deliver tight-window throws”
- “at his best on quick-rhythm throws
- “ball comes out quickly and accurately”
- “isn’t much of a threat as a runner but he will occasionally escape and buy time”
Where Kaaya needs to improve:
- “struggled when pressured. He falls off throws and his accuracy suffers.” Jeremiah noted Kaaya “took a beating” because of his “shaky” offensive line
- “needs to work on connecting his feet to his eyes. He quickly works through progressions with his eyes but sometimes his feet fail to catch up, which causes some balls to sail”
- “deep-ball accuracy”
- “looks thin on tape. He’s listed at 210 pounds. I’d like to see him closer to 225 pounds” [note: Kaaya said this week he weighs 218 pounds. Obviously, the tape on him is from last year]
Jeremiah, who said he hasn’t seen Kaaya in person but looks forward to seeing him face Florida State (Oct. 8), compared him to Jared Goff and Teddy Bridgewater. “They share similar physical builds and arm talent but I thought Goff and Bridgewater performed better under duress,” Jeremiah wrote.
His bottom-line early assessment of Kaaya?
“He is very smooth and has plenty of arm talent,” but he hopes Kaaya can “show more poise under pressure this fall. If he can clean that up, he will take his game to a new level.”