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Washington Redskins 2016 Draft Profiles: Jacoby Brissett, QB

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Hogs Haven takes a look at college prospects that could contribute to the Redskins.

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Jacoby Brissett, QB
School: NC State | Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior | Age: 23
Height / Weight: 6-4 / 231 lbs 
Projected Draft Status: 3rd or 4th Round
NFL Comparison: Ben Roethlisberger

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Player Overview

Jacoby Brissett started his career at Florida. After being a backup for two years he decided to transfer to NC State for a chance to start. Having started all 37 games during his two-year career with the Wolfpack Brissett has put together a resume with a lot to like and a lot to improve. He's a big quarterback and when you watch him three good things jump out immediately. He has a great ability to elude defenders and move in the pocket as well as escape where other quarterbacks would have been sacked. Brissett also has impressive arm strength and can really launch it. He also is above average when throwing on the run.

A few bad things jump out as well. The offensive line he played behind was subpar and he got destroyed during a few games in his career but the worst may have been against Mississippi State where he was under siege for the entire game. Brissett flashes the ability to hang tight and deliver a pass when he's about to get smashed. NFL teams want to see more of that minus I'm sure the hit at the end. Brissett's deep throw accuracy gets shaky at times too. If he can become a more consistent player in those areas and study up on blitz and stunt recognition and offensive line protection changes he has a shot to start in the NFL.

Strengths

  • Magical ability to elude defenders in the pocket and buy himself time. He's a big QB that's hard to get down.
  • Played is a pro style system and has experience running the offense from the gun and under center.
  • Smart player makes good decisions when taking off and throwing on the run.
  • Has great arm strength can zip it into tight windows or launch it down the field without issue.
  • Durable he has taken a lot of hits over the past two years and has held up well.

Weaknesses

  • NC State's offensive line was terrible outside of Joe Thuney. Brissett is sometimes panics under pressure and takes sacks or forced throws where he shouldn't (see Miss St. game).
  • Throw accuracy and velocity can suffer when he feels he doesn't have control of the play that's most likely gone off script.
  • Doesn't seem to have much experience changing the play when needed. Overall needs to work on pre-snap reads.
  • Deep ball accuracy goes in and out. One throw will be on the money while the next will be 15 yards in from of the receiver.


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How He Would Fit on the Redskins

I think Brissett could make an excellent 3rd string QB that the Redskins could develop under Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy. He would certainly add some size and an elusive factor to the position. Brissett has the physical talent lots of NFL teams are looking for. The big questions for him are can he improve his decision making when the play breaks down? Can he elude defenders and deliver 15 to 20-yard strikes with accuracy and anticipation with consistency instead of just flashing it? Can he cut down on the impromptu runs and deliver passes from the pocket more? When he does decide to run can he just fall down like Eli Manning?

It will be interesting where Brissett goes in the draft he definitely is strangely not mentioned much when talking about this year's QB draft class. From a certain viewpoint I could see how teams could like him more than say Christian Hackenburg. Like Hackenburg, Brissett was under siege his whole career at NC State but instead of tanking Brisset still made plays even if he got killed in the process. As you can probably tell I really like Brissett's toughness. Like every quarterback in this draft he will need to sit on the bench – preferably his first few years –  and get to learn an NFL playbook, learn to read and break down defenses. I think Brissett has as good of chance as any of the mid-tier QBs to succeed in the NFL if he continues to prepare and improve his football I.Q. The Redskins may be a good landing spot for him to do just that.