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Why the NY Giants Should Draft Brad Kaaya if Available

Ari Russell



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There are so many conversations to be had regarding the 2017 NFL Draft. So much speculation, about one trillion versions of mock drafts. Every single NFL teams has needs to fill and we are a little over two weeks away from the event that builds up so much intrigue. The one team we will focus on today is the New York Giants. Let me begin this piece, before I move any further to leave a disclaimer. I am an unapologetic fan of the Giants. Pretty much everything you will read moving forward will have a sharp implicit bias.

In actuality, this column is going to be the most biased article perhaps ever. Okay maybe not ever, but it’s just going to riddled with conjecture and assumptions. Anyways now that we have removed any legitimate journalistic integrity to this piece, let’s move forward.

The New York Giants have a lot of offensive needs right now. They need to strengthen their offensive line, they need a tight end and they really need a running back. One position that obviously isn’t an immediate need, but is something that could become a major issue in maybe 2 to 3 years is QB. Eli Manning is getting long in the tooth and the Giants need to start looking for a replacement for Manning. There is one player in the draft that at least for me, would be a perfect fit. That’s former Miami Hurricanes QB Brad Kaaya.

Kaaya is a QB right now projected for the middle rounds 3-5. He has had some very solid workouts. He’s certainly not a QB GMs at this point are willing to take in the first round. He’s probably too big of a risk to take in the 2nd round. But if he’s available in the third round when the giants select with the 81st overall pick, I say the Giants should snatch him.

Kaaya is the type of QB that needs to develop a few things. First off he needs to add some weight. Right now he measure at 6’4 214 lbs. I would say if he adds 20 lbs he should be able to endure the NFL punishment better. He also needs to become more comfortable throwing the ball under pressure. He’s not known for his mobility, so he’s going to have to learn to be settled better in the pocket. It’s already established that he can make NFL throws. When he has the time, he has beautiful touch. NFL scouts love this about him.

Kaaya is not ready right now to be an NFL starter, unless you build a Great Wall of Trump offensive line around him. The New York Giants would be a perfect fit. He can sit back holding a clipboard and just learn the game from a two time Super Bowl MVP. He can learn the offense like the back of his hand. He can build his skills and confidence. Then, when Eli retires, he can step in and take the reigns. It would be a win-win for everyone involved.

As for me, I would be giddy. As you already know, I’m the resident Miami Hurricane apologist on this site. I’m also true NY Giants partisan. When my Canes and Giants join forces I become pretty much intolerable (beyond my norm). Antrelle Rolle is my favorite football player ever. Having Brad Kaaya in a Giants uniform for me would be the perfect match. Objectively speaking it’s hard to actually argue against this move. The Giants get a potential QB of the future to replace Eli Mannings, Kaaya gets to develop at a reasonable pace and I get my wish of having my Canes and Giants worlds collide. Oh I will be hyped for Pre Season!

Born in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., Ari Russell watched the rise of the 1980’s Miami Hurricanes and knew that he had to be part of the “U” someday. After graduating from Coral Gables, Ari rose through the ranks of the former XM Satellite Radio and then Sirius/XM as college football executive producer. He later spent 2 seasons as the publisher of the website “Beyond U Sports” focusing on major college football/basketball. Ari brings a great perspective on everything Miami, including the Dolphins to F.F.I.

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    H. L.

    April 16, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    I’ll take Kaaya in round 2. The guy played well and played a lot. Very few IMTs on a team that was torn up by guys – first-string guys getting kicked out every year before the season started.

    If you watched (and I assume you did as a Hurricane fan) the Pitt game, Kaaya torched ’em. Pitt BTW is the same team that beat Clemson this year.

    As you say, give the man time to marinate and he can be good.

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