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NFL Media reports that North Carolina State QB Jacoby Brissett "might be picking up some steam with NFL general managers as they begin to make their way to the tape rooms now that the season is over."

Brissett (6-foot-4, 235) is efficient, comfortable in the pocket, can salvage a play and has a big arm. "After studying tape of him, we like Brissett's potential at the NFL level and we were pleasantly surprised to hear the same thing from three NFL decision-makers we spoke with on Wednesday," wrote Daniel Jeremiah and Lance Zierlein. "Brissett has good size. He's able to fend off would-be sackers and fight to keep plays alive through sheer strength and determination. Brissett has the NFL frame and arm that teams should like, and his ability to carry an offense despite a constant barrage of pressure should help him in the eyes of NFL general managers." We already know Brissett impresses Baylor HC Art Briles. Brissett earned honorable mention All-ACC honors last year with 2,662 passing yards and a 20/6 TD/INT rate. It's worth noting that his supporting cast -- particularly his offensive line -- was bad over the past few years.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 29 - 12:43 PM

Baylor HC Art Briles said he was impressed with North Carolina State QB Jacoby Brissett when watching him on tape while preparing for his bowl game with UNC.

Briles said Brissett "flashed" on tape and praised Brissett again on the sidelines of a Senior Bowl session while watching Brissett throw a rocket on a slant for a touchdown in a goal-line scenario. We see the 6-foot-4, 231-pounder as a long-time NFL backup, which is valuable in and of itself. When he's at his best, he looks like a possible future Pro-Bowler. When he's at his worst, he becomes tentative and turns into a sort of homeless man's Brett Hundley. His line was horrific over the past few years. We hope Brissett can break the habits all collegiate QBs coming off a few years with horrible lines have to break.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 29 - 9:55 AM

An NFL Director of College Scouting spoke highly of North Carolina State CB Justin Burris in a conversation with Rotoworld's Josh Norris.

Norris graded Burris the fifth-best overall prospect that he scouted at the East-West Shrine Game. The 6-foot-1, 211-pound Burris has a prototypical NFL frame. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline currently grades Burris as a fifth-rounder.
Source: Rotoworld
Jan 25 - 6:10 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks NC State OL Joe Thuney as the No. 2 prospect who attended the East-West Shrine Game.

"An offensive lineman who can play five different positions, perhaps three well, has value on an NFL team," Norris wrote. "Thuney’s best spot is likely along the interior. He practiced across from the most talented defensive line group at the event (East) and was one of the only blockers to slow down the likes of Javon Hargrave and Trevon Coley." The 6-foot-5, 295-pound Thuney isn't the best athlete in the world, but boy does he boast him some valuable versatility.
Source: Rotoworld
Jan 25 - 1:49 PM

Three-star TE Thaddeus Moss committed to NC State.

If you happen to hear more about Moss than your average three-star tight end recruit, it's because he's the son of NFL world-destroyer Randy Moss. The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder out of Mallard Creek High School said, "It's close to home, it felt right, and they kept it real with me from day one. NC State was the first team to offer, and loyalty was rewarded." Texas A&M was the other finalist for his heart. While he has to continue to improve his blocking, Scout.com's analysis team sees a lot of upside here, as Moss is already a polished route-runner.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 23 - 3:42 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris believes NC State OL Joe Thuney will intrigue teams with his versatility at the East West Shrine Game.

Norris says Thuney could conceivably practice at all five positions along the offensive line. The longtime starter for the Wolfpack will be aided by that versatility, if only as a backup who dresses on Sundays. It is always fun to predict who will be the first prospect drafted at the "lesser" all star events, and our early money is on Thuney.
Source: Rotoworld
Jan 18 - 9:56 AM

NC State hired Boise State OC Eliah Drinkwitz to serve in the same capacity.

Drinkwitz served as Boise State's TE coach in 2014 before rising to offensive coordinator this past season. The Broncos averaged 39.1 points under his watch in 2015. He also helped guide freshman QB Brett Rypien to Mountain West Freshman of the Year honors after regular starter Ryan Finley suffered a foot injury in September. In a statement, Wolfpack HC Dave Doeren said, "[Drinkwitz] has learned and been able to blend some of the most successful offensive styles in the game and he'll bring an exciting style to NC State."
Source: gopack.com
Jan 11 - 5:54 PM

NC State junior TE David Grinnage will enter the 2016 NFL Draft.

We have always appreciate Grinnage's receiving skills, but his impact only came in bursts. Grinnage, 6'5/265 lbs, caught 25 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns this season. A mid to late round selection makes sense.
Jan 6 - 12:56 PM

NC State fired OC Matt Canada.

Sports Illustrated's Thayer Evans reported the news on Saturday and now it's official. We don't really know how to explain this one outside of speculating at an internal riff of some kind. The Wolfpack averaged 33.2 points per game this year, 42nd in the nation and third in the ACC behind only Clemson and North Carolina. They committed only 13 turnovers, fifth fewest in the nation. The school scored more in each of Canada's past two seasons. His three-year run has now ended, though we'd assume Canada won't be collecting unemployment for long.
Jan 3 - 4:52 PM

Sports Illustrated's Thayer Evans reports that NC State has fired OC Matt Canada.

Here's an interesting one that, if true, would indicate some unrest beneath the surface. Because NC State's offense was very good under Canada this past season. The three-year NC State OC oversaw a Wolfpack attack that averaged 33.2 points per game, third in the ACC behind only Clemson and North Carolina. That mark's good for 38th in the FBS for the 2015 campaign. They also ranked 32nd in rushing offense with an average of 201.4 yards per contest on the ground. NC State hung tough with, among others, Clemson, Florida State and North Carolina during the regular season before being beaten down to the tune of 51-28 against Mississippi State in the Belk Bowl.
Jan 3 - 2:10 AM

NC State senior QB Jacoby Brissett completed 12-of-28 passes for 214 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions while rushing for 67 yards and an additional score on 26 carries in Wednesday's 51-28 loss to Mississippi State in the Belk Bowl.

Brissett's nightmare afternoon began early, as he was picked off by Mississippi State’s Gerri Green on the very first snap of the game. His next interception came about 10 minutes later. The Bulldogs led 21-0 with 12:17 left in the second quarter and never sweated the outcome. We're willing to forgive the poor afternoon for Brissett, who had to prop up a mediocre supporting cast throughout the season. Rotoworld's Josh Norris believes Brissett will be a strong, long-time No. 2 NFL QB if nothing else. The 6-foot-4, 231-pounder is efficient, comfortable in the pocket and can salvage a play when his blocking breaks down. Brissett will now head to the Senior Bowl.
Wed, Dec 30, 2015 07:41:00 PM

NC State senior QB Jacoby Brissett accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Brissett previously pledged to the East-West Shrine Game, but has understandably accepted his seat upgrade to the Senior Bowl. Rotoworld's Josh Norris is bullish on Brissett's NFL future, believing he'll be a long-time No. 2 if nothing else. The 6-foot-4, 231-pounder is athletic, efficient, comfortable in the pocket and can salvage a play when his blocking breaks down.
Source: Senior Bowl
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 04:06:00 PM

NC State senior QB Jacoby Brissett has accepted an invitation to play in the East West Shrine Game.

If Brissett sticks to this commitment rather than jumping up to the Senior Bowl, this is an outstanding get for the Shrine Game. We have a feeling Brissett will stick around in the league for a long time, even if only as a No. 2 option on a roster. He displays comfort in the pocket and success inside and outside of structure.
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 10:44:00 AM

NC State senior QB Jacoby Brissett completed 17-of-37 passes for 206 yards, two touchdowns and an interception while rushing for 128 yards and two additional scores on 20 carries in Saturday's 45-34 loss to North Carolina.

Brissett did everything in his power to keep the Wolpack in the game, notching a passing touchdown and rushing touchdown in each half of Saturday's loss. Alas, it just wouldn't be enough. The 6-foot-4, 231-pound senior's thrown at least one touchdown pass in every one of NC State's 12 games. For the season, he's racked up 2,448 passing yards with a shiny 19/4 TD/INT ratio. Plus, five rushing touchdowns.
Sat, Nov 28, 2015 08:22:00 PM

NC State senior QB Jacoby Brissett completed 21 of 33 attempts for 235 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in the school's 42-29 win over Syracuse.

Brissett's two touchdowns were short throws to the right side, one a jump ball five yard lob, the other a seven yard route. The interception was a poor decision after not seeing underneath coverage. Overall, Brissett was efficient and gave his targets a chance to make plays in one on one coverage. Those are the traits we like to see, especially compared to other quarterbacks in this class.
Sat, Nov 21, 2015 04:12:00 PM


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