From being a projected first round pick to now a possible day three to a undrafted guy, Brad Kaaya has surged down many people’s boards. Let’s take a look at some of his film to see what he does right and wrong.
Near The Sidelines
Despite the first clip being an interception, Brad Kaaya’s only positive aspect of his throwing game is probably the rate on which he completes sideline throws. In the games I saw and analyzed, more often than not he put the ball on sideline routes where only his receiver could get it. The above clip shows Kaaya trying to do a little too much to open the game. The wide receiver gets a good break out of his route, but he and Kaaya seem to be on a different page. Brad anticipates a short route, the wideout runs a deeper one. Easy jump and read for the defensive back.
This next clip is one of the times Kaaya hits the route with good confidence and skill. Freshman Ahmon Richards runs a precise route, creates great space, and it is a rather simple throw, but Kaaya hits it with ease, something he doesn’t do often.
Another fantastic sideline throw. It appears to be an out-route and Kaaya puts it only where Dayall Harris can get it. Another thing to note is that Kaaya does suffer from a lot of drops, so there are also many instances where makes a quality throw, but the ball is dropped. This, however, was a good throw and catch from both parties.
Now let’s look at the clip below. Kaaya puts just enough spin on the ball and puts it in the bread basket of Stacy Coley. Really quick, though, can we take a look at the move? Whew. I have no idea what Kaaya’s baseball history is, but he definitely has good spin or curve on out-routes. Like stated before, this is the only pass he is consistently accurate at.
His Touch Is Actually Nonexistent
I actually have not seen another “draft prospect” QB with less touch than Kaaya. He consistently sails so many balls on open routes, it is kinda painful to watch. This is a great route and great job of getting open by Coley and Kaaya just sails the throw. More than enough real estate for Kaaya to make this throw, but he just doesn’t. The “touch” throws get worse from here.
Another instance, this time an even easier throw, or what should be one. An end zone is ten yards long and the target was open about 2-3 yards before that. So that is 10-13 yards of real estate to drop the ball in his WIDE OPEN hands, and he sails it out the end zone. That is really, really bad.
I don’t even really have an explanation for this. Ahmon Richards is probably a 4.5 40 guy, maybe faster and is wide open against a very solid UNC defense, but Kaaya just sails it. There’s more than enough room for Kaaya to hit Richards in stride and more than enough space to beam it to his back shoulder. Whatever one works best, but his mechanics forced the ball to go high per-usual.
Very, Very Quick Feet
The second quality aspect of his game is his that he has really quick feet. Kaaya has numerous instances where despite his horrible feel for the pocket, he uses his feet to evade pressure and makes a decent throw. This partly has something to do with the fact that Kaaya can actually run the ball as a quarterback despite not doing it often. Regardless, though, Kaaya is not easy to bring down in the pocket because how quick he moves, even if it negatively affects his throws. It’s a very rare sighting to see Brad plant his feet in one spot, which can be good or bad.
What is this?
I am not even going in to detail with these clips, you guys can do that. I have no idea what these are.
Some Life In His Throwing Game
Even after all the above naysaying, Brad Kaaya isn’t all lost — well maybe he isn’t. He shows some signs of solid life in some throws over the middle where his arm comes to life and he is able to spin it. The throw above is an example where he trusts Njoku to take the big hit and hang on, which he does, so he spins it to a nice spot and it is an easy grab for David. Below is another quality over the middle throw. It is a little bit low, but still where the receiver can grab it and with enough speed the corner cannot jump it. Good job, Brad.
Brad Kaaya is pretty bad if we are being blunt. He does some things right and he has good traits, but after starting for three years in a power five conference, if you didn’t have any, you wouldn’t be a draft prospect. Like I said, his mobile feet and position on sideline throws are pretty solid, other than that it really is downhill. I honestly couldn’t take Brad in the first two days of the draft with any confidence he was going to make the roster. Then again, Hackenberg went in round two.