Jaquan Brisker brings versatility and attitude to Philadelphia Eagles’ defense.
Anthony Harris isn’t getting any younger and it doesn’t look like he’ll be returning to his 2018-2019 form anytime soon. Marcus Epps could be a key role player in sub-packages but is definitely someone who the Eagles can upgrade from. K’Von Wallace is putting in work on special teams but hasn’t found his way onto the field on defense very often. The loss of Rodney McLeod only furthers the need for a safety in this secondary.
Penn State’s Jaquan Brisker might be the best available when Philadelphia is on the clock. The six-foot-one, 200-pound safety plays with a swagger and energy that this defense would love.
Jonathan Gannon would love his versatility, especially for crucial situations when a stop is needed. Brisker can be trusted to make a play in the heart of the defense whether it’s playing the run or pass. There were also a number of nice reps from him in coverage against tight ends.
As Austin Gayle noted, Brisker spent just as much time playing deep as he did in the box. There were some snaps in the slot mixed in.
With his superb run defense and tackling technique, those snaps in the box and slot would make him a great addition in the absence of McLeod. Brisker might not have the speed downfield to play as a post safety but with more two-high shells he might excel.
That’s not to say he can’t play the single-high role but it won’t be expected of him every snap. The Eagles will diversify their coverages. His versatility should help the Eagles to disguise their looks more as well.
There’s a chance Brisker goes earlier on Day 2 with Daxton Hill and Lewis Cine going off the board at the end of Day 1. Jalen Pitre may go a bit earlier but the hope is that one of them is available at this spot. If not, there are plenty of other names who could slide and be excellent options. It’s hard not to love the competitiveness from Brisker though.