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Jaquan Brisker Reflects on His JUCO Experience At The NFL Combine

Photo by Penn State Athletics: Jaquan Brisker

Jaquan Brisker has made the journey from junior college to being a possible first-found pick in next month’s draft. The reason why is his talent obviously, but most importantly his leadership and work ethic.

Originally, a four star recruit out of Gateway Senior High School in Monroeville, Pa, he had to enroll in Lackawanna College, a JUCO powerhouse in Scranton, PA due to being academically ineligible.

In the interviews with reporters at the scouting combine Brisker reflected on those times when he was in junior college ad how it help appreciate the opportunity to play college football saying that “ Those slow nights, those slow days, two straight years in junior college staring at the plain wall full of people thinking when is I going the end”. He credits his teammates at Lackawanna for getting through his time in junior college and helped develop his leadership skills

Brisker was a third team All-Big Ten selection in 2020, and a first team All-Big Ten Selection in 2021 as well as a second team All-American. Brisker recorded 64 total tackles, with 5.5 tackles for loss two interceptions and five pass breakups in 2021.

Brisker is shown to be a leader on the field, in the film room, and in the weight room. He spoke about with competing against linebackers and even defensive lineman when it came to bench pressing and squats.

Brisker is an explosive player with great body control and balance and has the size (6-foot-1, 200 pounds) to even play a dime linebacker. Scouts love his versatility with his ability to play center field, play in the box, and be a free blitzer from the secondary. What scouts think he can improve on is taking better angles to the football in coverage and in tackling as he struggled on film in games against Michigan and Wisconsin.

Brisker overall is a good prospect that will contribute to any scheme in the secondary and he finds a perfect fit than he could be a solid long-time starter or even play at a Pro Bowl level.

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