Penn State S Jaquan Brisker

Penn State S Jaquan Brisker

6-foot-2
206 pounds

Yahoo Sports’ 2022 NFL draft grade

5.91 — possible second-rounder; starter potential

TL;DR scouting report

Feisty, instinctive playmaker with good versatility, but is he too lean to be featured often in the box?

The skinny

A 3-star Rivals recruit in the Class of 2019, Brisker spent two years at Lackawanna Community College before committing to the Nittany Lions. He didn’t start but played extensively in 13 games, making 32 tackles (one for loss) with two interceptions and three pass breakups. Brisker started nine games in 2020, with 57 tackles (three for losses), one interception and seven pass breakups. In 2021, he started 12 games and made 64 tackles (5.5 for losses), two interceptions, five pass breakups and a fumble recovery.

Penn State S Jaquan Brisker is one of the best safeties in the 2022 NFL draft. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

Upside

Strong testing performance at NFL combine — above average to excellent in every drill

Nice length — nearly 6-foot 2 with nearly 32-inch arms

Very good strength and lower-body explosion

Crashes in hard to stop the run — sacrifices body to make stops

Fights ferociously through blocks, even by tight ends and offensive linemen

Versatile performer — lined up at deep safety, in box, in slot, as blitzer

Handled variety of coverage roles well

Knack for clutch plays — game-sealing INT vs. Wisconsin, TD-saving tackle vs. OSU

Strong instincts in coverage — good nose for the ball, feel for route running

Playmaking ability — five INTs, 19 PDs in 970 coverage snaps

Threat with the ball in his hands — averaged 18 yards per INT return

Can quickly wheel around and make plays the other direction

Tough — played 2021 season with nagging shoulder injury

Zero penalties in final 26 college games

Decent special-teams experience — nearly 250 snaps…

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