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Lions draft Miami's Brad Kaaya to back up Stafford

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The Lions have found their replacement for departed backup quarterback Dan Orlovsky.

Detroit selected University of Miami signal-caller Brad Kaaya with the No. 215 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Kaaya started all 38 games in three years at Miami, finishing as the Hurricanes' all-time leading passer with 9,968 yards and 69 touchdowns versus 24 interceptions.

Although he was viewed as a potential NFL starter early in his college career, pro scouts began harboring doubts about his athleticism, poise and pocket awareness last season. If he's provided with a clean pocket, though, he can make defenses pay.

In other words, Kaaya arrives in Detroit as a late-round project who must be surrounded with a talented supporting cast.

Head coach Jim Caldwell and offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter will try to develop him as Matthew Stafford's long-term backup.

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