North Carolina State
6’4” 231 Senior
- Can make every throw on the field.
- A high delivery and release point handicaps his accuracy on long passes either with overthrows or throwing the ball five yards in front of the receivers
- He is not considered a physical down hill runner by any means, but has the competitive nature to lower his shoulder and keep his legs moving gaining yards after contact.
- Noticing when expecting pressure, Brissett loses his accuracy on intermediate throws, which is usually his comfort zone, by misfiring his target throwing low balls and occasionally skipping passes.
- Is at his best when on the move outside of the pocket.
- Will need to develop more pocket presence as he escapes too early instead of stepping up while keeping eyes down the field.
- Does not possess the proper field vision to scan the defense to see how the play has progressed as he already processed pre-play where the ball is going regardless who is dancing in the middle of the field wide open.
- Has plenty of arm talent but is not the instinctive quarterback that will win from within the pocket on a consistent basis.
- Fluid athlete that is always a threat when scrambling picking up plenty of yardage when the pocket collapses.
- Senior Bowl participant
- Florida transfer
An athletic and stout framed quarterback, Jacoby Brissett is an interesting prospect to evaluate possessing arm talent of an all-pro player but lacks the instinctive style of play that may hamper his chances of being successful in the NFL. Brissett transferred from Florida after losing the starting spot to now Louisiana Tech graduate Jeff Driskel, and transferred to North Carolina State after head coach Dave Doeren heavily recruited him when at Wisconsin and he felt comfortable in that situation.
Brissett is generally a good decision maker not making any harsh decisions that could impair his team at a chance at winning. His over the top delivery isn’t just a picky preference that NFL evalutors are not fond of, but it’s a flawed mechanic because it has affected timing, velocity and of course accuracy. One of the biggest positives to come from watching Brissett on film was his pillow soft touch on all areas of the field giving his receivers soft catchable balls to reel in within tight windows.
Brissett’s biggest test going forward will be his ability to slow the game down and make the correct reads and go through progressions to make the best option while not staring down one specific receiver that he zoned in on throughout the entirety of the play. He will need to mature as a decision maker if wanting to be successful in the NFL as everything else checks out with good athletic ability out of the pocket and tremendous arm talent that can stack up with the best in this class.
Round Grade: 5th Round
NFL Comparison: Teddy Bridgewater/Brett Hundley
Brissett shows glimpses of delivering pinpoint accurate throws with beautiful touch like Bridgewater but lacks the elite vision and pocket awareness which compares more comfortably with Hundley.