PHILADELPHIA – Brad Kaaya is the all-time leading passer in the history of the University of Miami, but the Hurricanes quarterback tumbled in the NFL draft all the way down to the sixth round.
The Detroit Lions ended Kaaya's long wait, drafting him with the 215th overall pick.
Kaaya is reunited with tight ends coach Al Golden, who, as former head coach of the Hurricanes, recruited Kaaya in Miami.
During his three seasons at Miami, Kaaya started 38 games, threw 69 touchdown passes and became the school's all-time leader in passing yards (9,968), completions (720) and attempts (1,188). He threw 14 touchdown passes against just one interception in his final five games.
Kaaya is the first 'Canes quarterback chosen in the NFL draft since Ken Dorsey was taken in the seventh round by the San Francisco 49ers in 2003.