Brad Kaaya- Arm Strength
The Chicago Bears were linked to Brad Kaaya in the early weeks of the NFL season, and there’s good reason for it. Kaaya possesses great accuracy on short and intermediate throws. At 6’4, Kaaya is able to stand tall in the pocket and generally makes good reads. However, Kaaya falls dreadfully short when it comes to the deep ball.
Sure, not every pass goes for 50 yards, but deep ball accuracy is essential in the NFL. Peyton Manning’s waning arm strength in 2015 shows exactly why an NFL quarterback needs to deliver on the deep ball. Unfortunately for Kaaya, he hasn’t proved that he can consistently hit on the deep ball. Some of that blame has to be shifted on the offensive line which was below average this season, but Kaaya relies on short throws. That doesn’t mean that Kaaya can’t throw the ball deep, but he doesn’t possess the same touch that a Big Ben or even an Eli Manning has on the home run ball.
A good NFL comparison for this season would be the Minnesota Vikings. Sam Bradford excelled with short and intermediate passes, but struggled with big plays. Part of the blame belongs to the offensive line, but Bradford missed on a fair share of opportunities as well.
Drafting a quarterback with suspect arm strength in the first round is a gamble, to use a third overall pick on one is suicide.