Three-year starter who won the starting job during fall training camp of his true freshman season. Named ACC Rookie of the Year in 2014 with 3,198 passing yards, 26 touchdowns and 12 picks. Earned Third Team All-ACC honors in 2015 after throwing for 3,238 yards, 16 touchdowns and five interceptions. Set career highs with a 62 percent completion rate, 3,532 passing yards and 27 touchdowns in 2016. Miami’s all-time leader with 9,968 career passing yards.
Three-year starter who made a mistake entering the draft. Patient, buys time in the pocket and knows where receivers are on the field. Throws with a smooth, fluid delivery, puts touch on passes when necessary and spins a catchable ball. Sells the ball fakes, displays a sense of timing on passes and throws solid corner and fade patterns. To his credit, gets outside the pocket and throws the ball away rather than in putting it up for grabs. Accurate in the short and intermediate field.
Stares down the primary target and is slow going to secondary receivers. Does not do a good job sensing backside pressure. Does not properly read the defense or find players in the secondary. More of a touch passer and gets wild with throws trying to put extra speed on the ball. Made questionable decisions on the field last season.
Kaaya made in immediate impact for Miami as a freshman but never truly elevated his game after. While he struggled with a shoulder injury last year, his overall play was uninspiring and the decision to enter the draft was premature. Kaaya is more of a dink-and-dunk passer who must physically mature with the hopes of improving his arm strength.