NFL Draft: Chicago Bears pick Jaquan Brisker, Penn State surges in second round
Jaquan Brisker proved to be one of the top defensive backs in the NFL Draft.
The Chicago Bears certainly think highly of the Penn State safety, making him the 16th pick in the second round of Friday's NFL Draft. He was the 48th draft choice overall and the third Nittany Lion selected. He joins first-rounder Jahan Dotson (Washington) and early second-rounder Arnold Ebiketie (Atlanta).
Penn State is on pace for the team's top draft production since 10 Lions were chosen in 1996.
Brisker certainly is an all-around talent, when analyzing size, speed, strength and playmaking ability. He earned his way onto multiple All-America teams, was named first-team All-Big Ten and was voted Penn State's defensive MVP for the 2021 season.
If there's any concern, it may be his pass defense and closing the deal against receivers. He did miss on a few big interceptions for the Nittany Lions last season and is considered stronger in run support. He registered 5.5 tackles for loss last fall.
Some believe he still has more development to deliver in his game, which hints at a big upside.
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"Overall, (Brisker) is a solid athlete with a good platform to develop, but there are a lot of kinks left to iron out in his game," according to an NFL Draft Bible breakdown. "He is fairly smooth in coverage with good mobility, has solid functional strength and good eyes. Seems to have a very good understanding and the ability to communicate pre-snap. He needs to fix his technique, both in coverage and in run defense to make him a better finisher on reps.
"He has a quick trigger downhill to attack the box or line of scrimmage. NFL squads are always on the look for “tight end erasers” and Brisker has the physicality to play that role."
Frank Bodani covers Penn State football for the York Daily Record and USA Today Network. Contact him firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @YDRPennState.