One of the most underrated quarterbacks in the nation, Jacoby Brissett has quietly been building as an NFL prospect ever since he took the field at NC State as a redshirt junior. Brissett began his career at Florida under Will Muschamp and was in the same class as 5-star recruit Jeff Driskel. Driskel and Brissett split time as freshmen in 2011 before Muschamp decided on Driskel as his full-time starter in 2012. Brissett then transferred to NC State, leaving Florida to crash and burn their way to a 4-8 season, Driskel’s eventual transfer to Louisiana Tech and Muschamp’s eventual firing. He redshirted in 2013, but took over as the starter for the Wolfpack in 2014 and has played very well in Raleigh.
Jacoby Brissett Bio
Weight: 235 lbs
College: North Carolina State
Class: Redshirt Senior
Recruiting Ranking: 4-star, #3 pro-style quarterback (#113 overall)
The first thing you notice about Jacoby Brissett is his size. Brissett looks the part of an NFL quarterback (6-4, 235) and it shows in the way he plays. He is very difficult to bring down and displays a Jameis Winston-type ability to shake off defenders. In the pocket, he has very good balance and it able to make throws with defenders hanging off of him. He is also very mobile for his size and runs the option very well at NC State. Brissett is definitely not the fastest runner but is able to get the first down on option runs or naked bootlegs.
One of Brissett’s biggest assets is his arm strength. He is a big guy and uses his whole body in his throws. He has good arm strength and is able to complete all the throws that he’s asked to do. Watching his film, you can see that he completes out routes and deep throws with ease. His mechanics are quick and crisp as well. Overall, he is an efficient thrower and his arm strength will leave NFL scouts craving more.
This play highlights what NFL teams will be getting with Brissett. He doesn’t go down easily, still keeps his eyes downfield and makes a play despite the players draped all over him.
On the flip side, one of Brissett’s biggest weaknesses is his pocket presence. He does a very good job of stepping up in the pocket instead of bailing out, but will often time fail to see the inside pressure and will step up into a sack. He isn’t immobile either but often time refuses to bail out of a muddy pocket despite the pressure. Often times he moves around in the pocket too much, when the best decision would be to just get rid of the ball. It was clear from watching film from the Virginia Tech and Clemson games that the defensive plan was to blitz as much as possible to take advantage of this.
Some of the throws that Brissett makes are also wildly inaccurate. He will make an amazing throw on one play and fit the ball into a very tight window, but will then throw a ball into the ground or too far in front of his receiver. He throws a beautiful deep ball at times, but will let it float on other times. His deep ball is often behind the receiver and he fails to lead his man down the field for a larger gain. For a guy of his size, you’d like to see him make these deep throws on a more consistent basis.
This highlights one of Brissett’s biggest weaknesses. He rolls out, has an easy completion to his receiver but throws the ball way too low and it’s almost intercepted. NFL teams will need to work on his short-range accuracy if he is expected to start in the league.
Overall, Jacoby Brissett is one of the better quarterback prospects in this year’s class and is bound to rise when scouts begin to break down his film. He isn’t really talked about at the time of writing this, but Brissett could easily see his stock rise closer to the draft. I see Jacoby Brissett as an early third-round prospect at the highest, but wouldn’t be surprised to see him move into the late second if he has a good Senior Bowl and Combine performance.
UPDATE: I watched Jacoby Brissett in person when NC State lost 34-17 to Florida State in Tallahassee and came away less than impressed with his performance. He missed some intermediate throws and threw the ball into the dirt one too many times. The biggest thing I took away from this game was his inability to recognize pressure. One of his first plays was a rollout pass, but Brissett lazily rolled out and didn’t recognize the pressure coming from behind which led to an easy sack for Demarcus Walker. He steps up into pressure more than you’d like him to and it’s not like Florida State has an amazing pass rush either. Overall, this tape will probably hurt him in draft rooms but I think Brissett is a day two prospect.