2022 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Jaquan Brisker

  • Jaquan Brisker, 6-1/199

  • Safety

  • Penn State

  • Jaquan Brisker Scouting Report
    By Charlie Campbell

  • Can play free or strong safety; versatile
  • Physical
  • Instinctive
  • Speed; flies around the field
  • Hard hitter
  • Tough in run support
  • Capable as eighth man in the box
  • Very good in zone coverage
  • Can prevent separation in man
  • Can function in pass coverage in the deep part of the field
  • Reads a quarterback’s eyes
  • Covers a lot of ground in the middle of the field
  • Athletic
  • Can execute strong and free safety responsibilities
  • Can play zone or man schemes
  • Capable of covering tight ends and running backs
  • Reliable as the last line of defense
  • Keeps plays in front of him
  • Could contribute on special teams
  • Should be able to play quickly

  • Weaknesses:
  • A little underweight
  • Gets banged up
  • Could have durability issues in the NFL
  • Could stand to improve angles he takes

  • Summary: Safety play is critical to the modern passing-driven pro game even though the position has been devalued in NFL drafts to an extent. Teams need safeties who can help cover receiving tight ends, playmaking receivers, and stop the run. Brisker is a talented, versatile safety who is rather ideal for the current style of play in the NFL.

    Over the past three seasons, Brisker was a solid defender for Penn State. In 2019, he totaled 31 tackles, two interceptions and four passes defended. Brisker then flashed at times for the Nittany Lions in 2020 while recording 57 tackles, four passes defended and an interception. He was then all over the field in 2021, providing a bigger presence than the stats indicate while he collected 43 tackles, two interceptions and four passes broken up.

    Brisker was a tough run defender in 2021. He shows excellent closing speed and comes downhill quickly to make tackles in run support. Brisker is able to get off blocks and shows impressive tackling technique, laying hard hits and showing a talent for wrapping up. With his toughness and tackling skills, Brisker can function as the eighth man in the box. He is a confident and instinctive defender who has a big presence for his pro team.

    In pass coverage, Brisker shows a lot of ability. He covers a lot of ground and can handle playing deep free safety or as a zone strong safety in the intermediate portion. Brisker reads plays and routes well while staying in good position to cover up receivers. With his speed and athleticism, Brisker has the ability to play man coverage on tight ends. Brisker shows range, instincts, and some ball skills for deep free safety.

    Brisker could fit in the NFL in a defense that alternates their free and strong safety pre-snap. Such flexibility makes it a lot harder for quarterbacks to diagnosis where coverage will be. Brisker has the speed and athleticism to cover in the deep part of the field and the strength to function as a strong safety. He also could serve as a strong safety 100 percent of the time.

    After some development and experience, Brisker also has the potential to be a free safety. He shows the ability to run with receivers and other targets and prevent separation. In zone coverage, Brisker is very good and has impressive diagnosis skills and instincts

    Some NFL teams have given Brisker second-day grades for the 2022 NFL Draft and believe he will go in the second or third round. A few media members, however, project Brisker to end up as a first-rounder, so perhaps he will sneak into the opening night of the 2022 NFL Draft.

    Player Comparison: Justin Simmons. Brisker’s versatility and well-rounded play at Penn State reminds me of Simmons with the Broncos. Simmons was a third-round pick in 2016, and Brisker could go in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft. Brisker is similar size to the 6-foot-2, 200-pounder Simmons, and both are instinctive defenders. If Brisker pans out in the NFL, his style of play could be similar to Simmons.


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