Jaquan Brisker NFL Draft 2022: Scouting Report for Penn State Safety

BR NFL Scouting DepartmentContributor I

STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 20: Jaquan Brisker #1 of the Penn State Nittany Lions lines up against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during the first half at Beaver Stadium on November 20, 2021 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
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HEIGHT: 6'1 3/8"


HAND: 9 7/8"

ARM: 31 3/4"


40-YARD DASH: 4.49




BROAD: 10'4"


— 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 very good 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.

— Plays the post safety with range and timing. Has the skills to play the ball in the air.


— 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.


12 G, 63 TOT, 6 TFL, 2 INT, 5 PBU, 1 FR


— Three-year player, two-year starter


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. On the field, Brisker is a multi-use safety who does his best work in the box. There, he uses his hands when taking on blocks and has the speed to track and chase down ball-carriers.

He can blitz between the tackles as well as 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 in zones and the understanding for 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.

He has 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. Brisker 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 will easily translate to the pros. Look for Brisker to be selected on Day 1.

GRADE: 8.0 (Year 1 Starter - Late 1st-2nd Round)



PRO COMPARISON: Harrison Smith

Written by B/R NFL Scout Cory Giddings