UC quarterback Brendon Kay isn’t going to be the first selection in the upcoming NFL draft. Heck, he might not be the 5th or even 10th quarterback drafted during that weekend in early May. But one way for Kay to help his chances is by playing well in post-collegiate all star games like the one he participated in over the weekend.
The Cincinnati quarterback didn’t play a whole lot in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl but he made the most of the time allotted to him. Kay came into the game to begin both halves and went on to throw for 51 yards, completing 3/7 passes, and a touchdown. He was the only quarterback on the National team to throw for a score. And what a beautiful pass it was. On 1st and 21, after a holding penalty, Kay lobbed a floater to Miami (FL) tight end Asante Cleveland on a fade near the edge of the endzone. The UC quarterback put the ball it a perfect position, high and outside, where only his 6’5″ receiver could grab it. It was the kind of throw NFL scouts drool over.
Now his completion percentage wasn’t spectacular, only a few of the quarterbacks in that game could claim that, but it was throws like that touchdown pass that proves why Kay should get a hard look from pro teams. His performance on Saturday will just add another line to his extensive collegiate resume. The UC quarterback was instrumental in the Bearcats’ success the last two seasons. Sure he went through spurts of WTF-ness but Cincinnati football would be in a far different place now without him leading the offense. Hopefully NFL teams take that into account when finalizing their evaluations of him in the coming months.