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NFL Draft Prospect Preview - Jake Briningstool

by J.T. Toth

Photo courtesy of Clemson Athletics.


At Draft 412, the NFL draft talk never ends. We will keep you ready for the next set of gridiron stars—from today and all the way until draft night 2024. We will bring you mock drafts, player profiles, individual team needs, and everything else you may need related to the 2024 NFL Draft.


Today’s Spotlight- Clemson, Tight End, Jake Briningstool


Name- Jake Briningstool

Pos- Tight End

Team- Clemson

HT/WT- 6’6” 230 lbs

Born- 12/9/2002

Home – Brentwood, TN


Jake Briningstool was a consensus 4-star recruit and top 100 player in the country at Ravenwood High School in Tennessee. During his prep career, he hauled in 111 receptions for 1,955 yards and 22 touchdowns. He committed to Clemson on January 26th in 2020.


As a freshman, he played in 8 games and saw some limited time at tight end. He finished the season with 3 catches for 67 yards and a touchdown. He also saw a lot of time on Clemson’s special teams.


Last season, Briningstool saw his playing time increase, and he became a big part of the Clemson tight end rotation. He played in 14 games, starting one and finished the season with 25 receptions for 285 yards and 4 touchdowns. Briningstoool along with Davis Allen became the first Clemson tight end duo to each record 4 touchdown receptions in the same season.


This season, Briningstool was selected as a 3rd team All-ACC after setting a career high in receptions, yards and touchdowns with 41 for 407 yards and 5 scores.


Briningstool is athletic with explosiveness off the line to set linebackers and defensive backs on their heels. He doesn’t have top end speed, but he has enough straight line speed to stretch the seams of a defense. He is one of the better options as a chain moving possession type tight end in the 2024 class, understanding what is needed to move the chains. He does an efficient job of squaring his body up to the quarterback and runs smooth routes and makes tight cuts out of breaks. In the NFL, he will be a quality 3rd and short option at receiver. For a larger player, he possesses above average body control and can contort for a throw behind him or thrown low.


Briningstool is very light for his position and will not add much to a team’s running game. He will more than likely be lined up in the slot as a receiver and not fire off the line of scrimmage. He struggles in press coverage and this could cause timing issues on his routes. With his frame he will need to add some weight to improve his stock and longevity in the NFL. He has had drop issues with balls thrown over his shoulder and is more reliable facing the quarterback in his routes. At times, he can get lazy with his hands and let the ball get into his body on throws. Though he has the speed and separation ability, he has not had much success as a deep threat.


Draft 412 thinks a good pro comparison for Jake Briningstool is tight end Hunter Bryant. Bryant, a 4th round pick in 2020 out of Florida Atlantic, is a pure clone of Briningstool. Both have great burst off the line of scrimmage and although Bryant has the separation ability, he is more comfortable underneath moving the chains. Briningstool has a chance to come back for his senior season, and if he does, could push his way up to a mid-round grade.


Strengths

  • Explosion

  • Route running

  • Chain mover

  • Body control


Weaknesses

  • Tracking ball

  • Over the shoulder

  • Blocking

  • Hands


Final Analysis


Jake Briningstool is only a junior and could come back to Clemson or enter the transfer portal. Draft 412 thinks he gets drafted if he decides to come out in 2024, just not as high as what his overall talent may suggest. He is definitely on the scouts' radar, but Draft 412 thinks another season playing college football will help him


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