You can go back thru the entire history of safeties that have played for the Philadelphia Eagles. You’ll see names such as Brian Dawkins, Wes Hopkins, Andre Waters, and the list goes on. However, in their own backyard, a young man who this writer wouldn’t mind seeing in midnight green in Jaquan Brisker Penn State. He has been described as a violent tackler who arrives at the ball with bad intentions. We all know the Philadelphia faithful would love that.
Brisker is a physical safety who has developed well over his career. He took advantage of the “COVID” year and used the offseason to improve some of the weaker parts of his game. Brisker is a multi-use safety who does his best work in the box on the field. There, he uses his hands when taking on blocks and has the speed to track and chase down ball carriers.
He has the good lateral quickness to play catch technique and does a great job of swiping through the reception point to separate the receiver and the ball. Jaquan Brisker at Penn State can hold his own while playing as a deep safety, although there were times when he was burned by not being completely set.
Other than that, he has shown some range and ability to play deep balls on the sideline. Brisker has a high ceiling and room to grow. His physicality and overall athleticism are staples of his game and easily translate to the pros.
He can blitz between the tackles and on the edge, where he shows a burst and bend. A physical tackler, Brisker uses all of his 204-pound frame to punish anyone with the ball. As he moves back from the line of scrimmage, he can still track and make open-field tackles.
In the passing game, he has great awareness of zones and an understanding of his role and the defense as a whole. When playing man, he has good feet in his pedal, although there are times when speed can put him in unfavorable positions. Look for Brisker to be selected on Day 1
Positives and Negatives
— Smart player who shows instincts and awareness for the game.
— Excellent in the box. Shoots gaps and holds up very well when taking on linemen.
— Has excellent burst when blitzing and the flexibility to bend on the edge.
— Does a great job of tracking the ball in the open field and through traffic.
— Violent tackler who arrives at the ball with bad intentions.
— Can play underneath coverage in zone as well as man coverage from the slot.
— Has rocked on his heels when pressed with speed.
— Tight pedal at times; has hip stiffness when flipping to recover.
— Can struggle when asked to disguise deep coverage. Needs to be preset in deep coverage before the play.