NFL Draft: Penn State safety visits with Eagles
After hosting two stud wide receivers in Alabama’s Jameson Williams and Ohio State’s Chris Olave, Penn State’s do-it-all defensive back Jaquan Brisker will visit the Eagles today.
The Penn State product’s versatility to make plays in the box and in coverage stood out after transferring from Lackawanna College. After paying his dues, Brisker was named the starting safety for Penn State during his senior season in 2020 and never looked back.
In his first year as the starter, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound safety finished 3rd amongst all Big-Ten defensive backs in tackles (57), tied for 7th in the Big Ten with six pass breakups, and tied for 12th with 33 solo tackles.
Because of the extra COVID year, Brisker made substantial strides in his play during 2021. His run defense remained solid, tied for fifth amongst all defensive backs in the Big Ten with 18 defensive run stops and four hurries in pass rush opportunities (tied 8th) with a 27.3% win rate.
But where I think Brisker improved the most during his extra season is with his overall awareness of offensive schemes, superb instincts for a defensive back, and his timely playmaking ability combined with limited yet minuscule errors.
Despite turning 23 when the 2022 NFL Draft happens, Jaquan Brisker could be a Day One starter or rotational piece in his first year. His leadership, attention to detail, natural football instincts, and ability to drop bodies in the run game while earning the 2nd highest PFF coverage grade in the Big Ten at 89.5 are unique.
With K’Von Wallace, Anthony Harris, and Marcus Epps as the only notable safeties on the roster (ahem Tyrann Mathieu, please), Jaquan Brisker’s versatility as a defensive back is something the Eagles should not pass on.
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