He has been mum about his future plans, saying he owes it to his teammates to finish his junior season before making any public declarations.
NFL scouts have a job to do, though, and they continue to check up on Brad Kaaya.
Arizona, Chicago, New Orleans, Houston, San Diego and Miami are the teams that visit UM’s training facility and games more than others, and ask the most about Kaaya, a UM source told The Post.
Every NFL team has requested information about Kaaya, who is considered among the top draft-eligible quarterbacks (along with Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky, Notre Dame’s Deshone Kizer and Washington State’s Luke Falk).
Miami isn’t sure whether Kaaya will return for his senior year. There are arguments for and against.
He doesn’t come from a background of great financial need, and has a chance to finish his career as one of the most productive UM quarterbacks ever. He has a strong desire to compete for an ACC and national championship, and Miami returns most of its important players next season. It would be Mark Richt‘s second season tutoring him.
But UM believes Kaaya, who has thrown for 2,340 yards, 17 touchdowns and six interceptions on 62.8 passing — despite his receivers dropping more passes than any major-conference team — could be swayed if teams make it clear they will make him a first-round pick.
A source said scouts like Kaaya’s 6-foot-4, 215-pound frame, his strong, accurate arm, but are concerned about his pocket mobility and durability, and would want him to add muscle and strength before putting him in a starting role.
Other than Kaaya, scouts are most interested in three UM seniors: right guard Danny Isidora (the team’s most consistent offensive lineman), standout cornerback Corn Elder (emerged as a versatile playmaker, can play all five spots in the defensive backfield and is a proven special teams weapon), and wide receiver Stacy Coley (if not for injuries/durability questions, scouts believe he would he a top-3 wideout in his class).
UM believes those players could be early-round draft picks. Scouts have also asked about senior safety Rayshawn Jenkins (nine career interceptions), draft-eligible redshirt sophomore tight end David Njoku (has first-round size and ability, but concerns about his concentration and effort) and senior punter Justin Vogel (one of the nation’s best).
Others on NFL scouts’ radar: junior defensive end Chad Thomas, senior safety Jamal Carter, junior tight end Chris Herndon, senior cornerback Adrian Colbert (who, like Carter, will likely need to play well in a senior showcase game to improve his stock). Scouts are wondering, according to a source, how much more junior center Nick Linder (sidelined for the rest of the year after shoulder surgery) and junior running back Joe Yearby have more to show, or whether they have reached their potential.
Future draft watch: sophomore defensive tackles Kendrick Norton and RJ McIntosh and running back Mark Walton have NFL scouts’ attention, a source said. It’s too early for them to dig too deep into UM’s class of freshmen, but UM is sure to field questions about those players in due time.