This quote from Jaquan Brisker sounds a lot like Ronnie Lott

The Chicago Bears had two players circled as the 2nd round of the draft unfolded. One was Washington cornerback Kyler Gordon, and the other was Penn State safety Jaquan Brisker. No one else was close either. General manager Ryan Poles would feel lucky to land one with the 39th pick. Since cornerbacks are considered the most preferred position, he went with Gordon. Then it became a waiting game. To everyone’s shock, Brisker was still available when the Bears returned to the 48th pick. The Poles did not hesitate.

Although the GM didn’t get any early help for Justin Fields and the offense, he has no regrets about the decision. Just follow the training camp updates to see why. Brisker has become a terror at the back for the Bears defense. He makes plays everywhere, knocking down or intercepting passes while providing a presence around the line of scrimmage as a running defender and blitzer. His versatility is amazing.

Where it gets even more interesting is learning his mindset.

Penn State teammates and coaches raved about Brisker’s leadership qualities. He was a vocal presence in the locker that everyone loved to follow. However, it can be a challenge as a rookie in the NFL. Being such a young guy in the presence of veterans, it’s natural for him to let those with more experience lead. His response was fascinating when asked how he changed that perception on 670 The Score.

What makes this comment so interesting (and thrilling) is that it represents a rare mindset for a rookie. Brisker seems to understand that the doorway to having a voice in the locker room is simple. Play more games on the court. When you play, your age doesn’t matter. Your teammates will listen to you when you speak. It’s a mindset of one of the greatest safeties in NFL history. His name was Ronnie Lott.

Jaquan Brisker mimics Lott in many ways.

Obviously, it’s premature to compare the 2nd rounder to one of the greatest defensive players in NFL history. That said, it’s hard to ignore the similarities. Both were about the same height and had the same athletic profile. They had enough speed to make plays in coverage, but also had an amazing ability to deliver shocking punches. More than anything, it’s their instincts that stand out. They always seemed to be in the right position at the right time.

If Jaquan Brisker ends up getting close to Lott as a player, he will become one of the biggest draft steals in Bears history. It already looks like he’ll be an immediate impact starter in 2022. His goal is to win Defensive Rookie of the Year. Something that even Lott failed to do thanks to the presence of Lawrence Taylor.

It would make a massive opening statement about what’s to come.

One thing is certain. Teammates and coaches are already convinced. They see what Brisker is and what it could mean for their defense. People never realize how valuable a great safety is in the NFL until you have one. He hopes to get into that conversation soon.

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