Originally starting his collegiate career at Florida, Jacoby Brissett transferred to NC State after Will Muschamp decided Jeff Driskel was the man for the quarterback position at Florida. After sitting out a season, Brissett took over the Wolfpack and led them to an 8-5 record.
And while we'd like to talk about the likes of Jared Goff and Paxton Lynch being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys, the reality is that a guy like Brissett provides a lot of appeal and it's for many reasons. For starters, Brissett is a guy that is known for his velocity as well as his athleticism, and when you pair that with his 6-foot-4, 240-pound frame, it's easy to see why many scouts are going to be really excited for kid's future. Let's dive into the tape and see how Brissett projects to the NFL.
Hitting on the point of his athleticism, Brissett shows an excellent ability to move in and around and complete passes with consistency. That's what we see here when Brissett rolls out and finds his receiver outside the numbers.
The next GIF is a pass where Brissett throws from the pocket. In this throw, Brissett hits his man for a first down in stride, putting the football where only his receiver can haul in the ball.
Because the NFL has evolved offenses are going with a more spread-out philosophy where speed is so important, the ability to throw on the run is just so vital and Brissett truly just excels at it, as is the case again here.
Throughout the film, I see a lot of Brissett's seasoning with a three-step, five-step, and a seven-step drop-back, and on this throw, we see Brissett's mechanics get put to good use.
Here's another example of Brisket's ability to throw accurate passes when he's on the run. Take note of how he turns his hips so he gets a more accurate throw on the football.
Throwing the jump ball has become a common NFL trend in today's game. All too often, quarterbacks throw the football up to and allow their receivers to make huge plays. In this throw, Brissett takes a few steps back and flings a real nice, catchable ball.
Brissett is at his best when he is given the proper time and space to carry out the play and let it develop. His offensive line was horrible on tape and his receivers weren't that reliable. However, this is a real nice play from Brissett, throwing a pretty ball for a score.
Again, when Brissett gets time, he's a much different thrower. We see that here with this throw when he throws one of the prettier balls you will see, arching the ball enough to put it in a window where his receiver can haul in the pass and score a touchdown.
There's a lot to like out of Brissett. For one, he has terrific arm strength, allowing him to get the ball into tight spaces. The problems with Brissett are that he isn't necessarily coming from a pro-style type of scheme. NC State features a lot of dink-and-dumps in their offensive philosophy.
Because of his athleticism, Brissett will be seen as an athletic quarterback. However, Brissett shows great mechanics, that will allow him to make the transition to playing football on Sunday much more easier. However, because he looks to make plays outside of the pocket instead of showing poise in the pocket, I see a lot of Jake Locker and Tajh Boyd in Brissett's game.
How does Brissett fit in Dallas? I look at Brissett and I see a real project-like quarterback. Brissett needs a ton of refinement, but if he is put in a situation where he could sit and develop, there's a chance he could become a middle-to-above average quarterback at the next level. Sitting behind Tony Romo, Brissett makes sense for the Cowboys. However, I think the Cowboys would have to spend a higher-than-expected pick if they were to draft him.
Games watched: Clemson, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Clemson (2014), and Louisville (2014).
Next up on the docket: Dak Prescott
Report: Boise State LB Leighton Vander Esch Visiting Cowboys
As the 2018 NFL Draft draws closer, teams are beginning to hold their official visits with prospects of their own choosing. The Cowboys have already met with a few different prospects thus far, and they've reportedly added a linebacker to that list this week.
Multiple reports are saying the Cowboys will meet with Boise State linebacker Leighton Vander Esch this week, adding him to the list of 30 potential visits.
BoiseState LB Leighton Vander Esch will be a pre-draft visitor for the #Cowboys. Add him to your list of 30, per Tony Pauline.
Vander Esch is a bit of a controversial prospect in the draft world. As I've stated before, he tested like a freak athletically, and his combine profile alone would put him in the discussion on day one. The problems I have with Vander Esch have nothing to do with his athleticism, however, and everything to do with his actual football-playing ability.
On film, I see a player who struggles to get off blocks and will have trouble finding a home with the Cowboys. Still, I wouldn't mind the Cowboys drafting Vander Esch - that pick cannot come in the first round though.
Vander Esch is a long, rangy, and athletic linebacker who is at his best playing laterally and tracking down plays. As a blitzer, Vander Esch has some rather clear issues. He often runs directly into blocks and is unable to shed at the point of attack. I also don't think he is as instinctual a player as some of the other linebackers in this class, such as BYU's Fred Warner or Alabama's Rashaan Evans.
The way things are looking, however, Vander Esch is going to be a first round pick. And if not, he'll almost certainly be a top 50 pick. I wouldn't be very comfortable taking him at 19, and I'd have to think twice before even taking him at 50 for that matter.
2018 NFL Draft: Dallas Cowboys Meeting with Texas Safety DeShon Elliott
With more pressing needs on offense at guard and wide receiver, and defensively at DE or LB, the Cowboys' concerning lack of proven ability at safety has taken a backseat in this offseason's roster build. With the expectation that new Passing Game Coordinator Kris Richard will elevate the play of the entire Cowboys' secondary, the team is doing their due diligence on safeties available in the 2018 NFL Draft - starting with Texas' DeShon Elliott.
It appears Texas S DeShon Elliott is visiting the #Cowboys today
With 63 tackles and six interceptions in his final season at Texas, Elliott took full advantage of being a starter in the Big 12 for the first time in his career, flying onto the NFL Draft scene.
Elliott is a well-balanced, average athlete with the upside to be targeted late in April's draft and make a difference.
If they had to play a game tomorrow, the Cowboys would be rolling with Jeff Heath, Xavier Woods, and Kavon Frazier at safety.
Finding an expanded role this season for Frazier should be a priority in Dallas, as should supplementing Heath and Woods with additional talent. DeShon Elliott would fit this group well, along with the Cowboys' scheme, given his range and disruptive ability.
Should Jourdan Lewis, Chidobe Awuzie, Anthony Brown, and now Byron Jones help the Cowboys reach their full potential at CB, the Cowboys safeties will not be tested in single coverage up the field often. This is an area that Elliott was exploited in at Texas plenty of times, performing better as a true free safety or second-level player.
Continuing to add young talent at the right price is key to the Cowboys' ongoing rebuild on defense, now visiting with a local safety prospect that should be available to them in the later rounds. Texas' DeShon Elliott is officially a name to consider come draft week in Dallas.
Cowboys Draft: PSU WR DaeSean Hamilton Fits Cowboys’ “Type”
Last week, I detailed what the Cowboys tend to look for when drafting a wide receiver. In terms of a combine profile, Dallas clearly has a "type" of wide-out they like to target.
The Cowboys certainly need to upgrade their receiving corps, but with the plethora of other holes to fill, they may not be able to do so until the 3rd or 4th round. Luckily for the Cowboys, there is at least one receiver which both fits their profile and should be available early on day three.
That player is Penn State wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton.
Working on something for @InsideTheStarDC... here's the height, weight, 40 time, and 3 cone for every WR DAL has taken since 2010.
First, let's re-examine what the Cowboys like to look for. As you can see from the above graphic, the Cowboys draft targets all seem to fit a similar profile. If we treat Dez Bryant as their "ideal" draft pick, the trends become even clearer. Dallas wants to find a wide-out who is about 6'1" 205 pounds, runs nearly a 4.5 40 yard dash, and about a 6.9 three come time.
DeaSean Hamilton, coincidentally, is 6'1" 203 pounds, ran a 4.47 40 yard dash at the Penn State pro day, and ran a 6.84 three cone at the combine. Penn State's all time receptions leader stole the show at the 2018 Senior Bowl, putting all of "Draft Twitter" on notice to his talent.
An efficient and smooth route runner, Hamilton looks natural coming in and out of breaks, creating separation with his precise routes. The Cowboys don't have many receivers on their roster who can win with their route running, and adding a player like Hamilton would greatly help third year quarterback Dak Prescott moving forward.
With the ability to play in the slot, as well as potentially being a Z receiver for the Cowboys and a replacement for Terrance Williams, Hamilton would be an excellent draft target in the third or fourth round. And, keeping in mind how nicely he fits their typical draft profile, I'd expect Dallas to target Hamilton during the 2018 NFL Draft.
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