An NFC scout says he's not sold on University of Miami star QB Brad Kaaya as a first-round pick.
The Hurricanes junior will enter his third year as a starter this fall. The scout told The Miami Herald that Kaaya's lack of mobility is a concern, along with this critique: "He can't throw with people in his face."
Of course, delivering a strike with a defensive lineman or blitzing linebacker closing in isn't easy for any quarterback. Still, the two cited concerns go hand in hand. As a pocket passer who didn't finish a single game last year with positive rushing yards, Kaaya is a relatively stationary target and thus will have to make his share of throws under pressure.
That didn't stop him from an outstanding sophomore season in which he completed 238 of 289 passes for 3,238 yards. He also cut down on interceptions from 12 as a freshman to 5 last year, and didn't throw more than one in any game.
An ACC assistant coach called Kaaya the model NFL quarterback last week and suggested he has a long career ahead of him in the sport. NFL Media analyst Chad Reuter ranked Kaaya as the No. 7 player in college football.
Kaaya will be eligible for the NFL draft in 2018, unless he applies for and is granted early eligibility for next year's draft as an underclassman.