The Detroit Lions Draft Brad Kaaya In The Sixth Round Of The 2017 Draft

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The Detroit Lions Draft Brad Kaaya At Pick 215 In The 2017 NFL Draft.

Coming into Miami in 2014, Kaaya was a starting quarterback. He finished his collegiate career as the all-time leader in passing in school history, and third in touchdowns. He was behind a bad offensive line and like Matt Stafford got hit multiple times. Now he will be on the sidelines and behind an improved offensive line.

Kaaya’s Collegiate Accomplishments:

  • 2014 ACC Rookie of the Year
  • 2014 Offensive Rookie of the Year by both ASCMA and Coaches
  • 2015 All-ACC Third-Team by both ACSMA and Coaches
  • 2016 Russell Athletic Bowl MVP

In his three years of starting at Miami, Kaaya finished with 9,968 yards, completing 720 passes with a 60.6% completion percentage, throwing 69 touchdowns and 24 interceptions.

Check out his draft profile here.

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Why Did The Lions Draft Brad Kaaya?

Detroit needed a third-string quarterback after Dan Orlovsky was informed that the team was moving on from him and sticking with Jake Rudock as the backup. Fans were wondering if they would add a quarterback in free agency that would take over the backup role and they were disappointed as Detroit feels comfortable with Rudock as the backup.

Coming into the draft, Detroit was going to draft a third-stringer coming in and they get a steal on Kaaya. He was a projected 4th-5th round pick and Detroit was able to get him in the middle of the 6th round. Kaaya could compete with Rudock for the backup position, but expect him to hold the clipboard this season.

If you are still unsure about the Lions drafting another late quarterback in the draft, check out his film here.

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