If "ball hawk" is a key resume point teams look for in a safety, then Jaquan Brisker will be an attractive candidate in the 2022 NFL Draft. Fast and instinctive, Brisker also possesses the ball skills that could lead to some takeaways in the pros. There are some limits to his game but more than enough positive traits to make him a likely Day 2 selection.
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Jaquan Brisker Draft Profile
College: Penn State
Brisker is fast and instinctive, a ball-hawking free defender. In coverage, he’s at his best lining up in the box or coming down as a robber, with outstanding recognition skills and the ability to close fast. His ball skills are excellent. He can hold his own as a run defender down near the line of scrimmage, as he’s rangy, with the ability to pursue laterally or run the alley. He’s fast and physical and was a team leader at Penn State.
He has the physical traits to play man coverage as well, though his footwork is a little clunkier when trying to mirror, and quicker wide receivers will give him issues. He tends to give too much cushion when lining up in off-man coverage.
He’s better as a free defender than matching up, which puts limits on his ceiling. But his ball-hawking approach, physicality and range give him a good chance to be a quality starter.
Final Grade: 2nd Round