With the 91st pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots select quarterback Jacoby Brissett, quarterback from North Carolina State University:
Jacoby Brissett's journey to New England was an interesting one, and along the way he was advised by former Patriots coaches Bill Parcells and Charlie Weis, something that absolutely helped him excel in college and ultimately get him to the pros.
Brissett, who's listed at 6-5, 225 pounds, played his high school days for Dwyer High School in Florida, and he was impressive from the start. In his senior year, Brissett put up 2,473 yards passing and 32 touchdowns with just one interception. His stats would have been better but Dwyer was beating teams so bad that Brissett would come out just after the half on a regular basis. He led Dwyer to the state semifinals, but they lost a 22-20 heartbreaker on a last-second field goal. Brissett was heavily recruited, receiving offers from Florida, Miami, Washington, Notre Dame, LSU, Wisconsin, Florida State, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas A&M.
Brissett ultimately chose Florida, and he would go work with former Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis where he would backup John Brantley as a freshman before battling against Jeff Driskel for the starting job. As a freshman, Brissett appeared in eight games, completing 18-39 for 206 yards, two touchdowns, and four interceptions. Brissett also showed he wasn't afraid to run, carrying 13 times for just seven yards, but two of those yards went for touchdowns.
Brissett appeared to win the quarterback competition as a sophomore, starting the opener against Bowling Green, but the following week Driskel was made the starter and Brissett only got on the field when Driskel went down. Brissett finished his sophomore year with appearances in five games, 23-35 for 249 yards, one touchdown, and zero interceptions; he added seven rush attempts, but it was for -4 yards and just one touchdown.
Brissett made the decision to transfer to North Carolina State University even though he was going to have to sit out for a year. He hadn't used his redshirt yet, so for the year he sat the redshirt was applied and he was able to play two full seasons for the Wolfpack. In 2014, he started 13 games, completing 221 on 370 attempts for 2,606 yards, 23 touchdowns, and just five interceptions. He stayed active in the running game too, carrying the ball 142 times for 529 yards and three touchdowns.
Brissett continued to produce his two touchdown-per-game as a senior as we went 237-395 for 2,662, 20 touchdowns, six interceptions, 139 carries, 370 rushing yards, and six rushing touchdowns. In 26 career games with the Wolfpack, Brissett had 52 touchdowns, 26 each season. This type of consistency is what led Bill Belichick and the Patriots to heavily scout Brissett, and clearly they liked what they saw. With the blessing of Bill Parcells and Charlie Weis, especially when it came to Brissett's character and work ethic, it was a no-brainer for a team that might need to trade their current backup quarterback when the 2016 season is done. Preparation is the key to success, and the team that has been more prepared than anybody else over the last 16 years is the Patriots, and we see where that has got them. Drafting Brissett wasn't a team just taking a flyer on a talented quarterback, it was a calculated decision by a coach/general manager that is always one step ahead of the competition.
Brissett excels in the short-to-intermediate passing game, and he is highly skilled at anticipating the open windows to throw into. He is also able to make the throws on deep outs, a skill that separates NFL-caliber quarterbacks from college. Brissett got beat up pretty bad over his two years at N.C. State, so he does have some bad habits are far as throwing off his back foot and not knowing when to throw it away or take the sack, but those are very coachable issues and a couple seasons in the Patriots system should erase those flaws. He also doesn't throw the best deep ball, but neither does Tom Brady and things have worked out pretty well for him. Brissett is a tall, big-armed pocket quarterback that has good enough feet to escape and make noise on the run, similar to Ben Roethlisberger. If he develops the way the Patriots like, he could lead the next era of Patriots football.
High School Statistics Provided by Sun Sentinel.com
College Statistics Provided by Sports-Reference.com/Jacoby Brissett
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