Big Blue will use their early picks to surround Eli Manning with more playmakers as they inch closer to their hopes of reaching the Super Bowl. The current roster exudes talent and all of the pieces are coming together, but in the back of Reese’s mind will always be rebuilding after Manning’s 13-year reign.
And that brings us to the fourth round of the draft. With the 140th overall pick in the 2017 draft, the NY Giants select….d Brad Kaaya. Or so I would like to think.
It is unlikely that the Giants are relying on former Jets QB Geno Smith, to take over Manning’s place after he retires. Therefore, opting to select the 21-year-old Miami standout late in the draft seems like a practical way to plan for the future.
There is no question that Kaaya has the skills on paper. Last season, Kaaya completed 62 percent of his passes for 3,532 yards with 27 touchdowns. A lot of scouting reports raise concern about his inability to adapt when he is under pressure. The offensive line needs to be outstanding in order for him to thrive, which theoretically, in this specific situation would be tough. It’s no secret that the Giants O-line has been inconsistent from the time Weston Richburg called out his teammates in the offseason to the lack of protection Manning endured throughout the year.
However, Kaaya has great pocket-passing talent and his mechanics have been ingrained since the time he was young. Kaaya also possesses great vision and excellent footwork, which is matched with his football IQ as a three-year starter for a big-time program.
One of the glaring issues with Kaaya, however, is that his arm strength lags behind NFL quarterbacks. His inability to rely on his arm leads him to succumb to pressure, lacking mobility outside of the pocket and often getting sacked on crucial plays. Overall, Kaaya is still developing and must improve his accuracy and playmaking abilities in order to compensate for his average arm strength. He has the experience and fundamentals that give him the potential to flourish under the right program.