Jaquan Brisker has already proven himself to the Chicago Bears

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Coming out of Penn State, Jaquan Brisker wasn’t likely a household name among non-Big 10 households. Ryan Poles and the Chicago Bears, however, might’ve got one of the steals of the draft with the former Nittany Lion.

"“They just got the steal of the draft,” Brisker said. “So blessed and thankful to be here, Bears nation you won’t be disappointed.”"

And sure, maybe Brisker is betting on himself a bit, but that’s a much better mindset to have than someone questioning why they’re where they are.

Did the Chicago Bears get the ‘Steal of the Draft’ in Jaquan Brisker?

After Brisker was drafted No. 48 overall, there were mixed feelings about whether Ryan Poles was making the right decision. There were needs all across the board for the Chicago Bears, and drafting two defensive backs with the first two picks for the Bears made a lot of fans question whether Poles knew what he was doing or not.

A popular narrative out there was that Ryan Poles doesn’t care about Justin Fields’ development, and these two picks showed that.

Now, getting two defensive backs doesn’t directly help Justin Fields and the offense, but here’s the thing: Having a defense that doesn’t give up a touchdown each drive actually does help the offense and Justin Fields.

And Jaquan Brisker is going to be a big reason that the Bears aren’t giving up touchdowns each play.

Jaquan Brisker impresses in Chicago Bears’ offseason

Since the first day of the Bears’ OTAs, Brisker was impressing head coach Matt Eberflus and defensive coordinator Alan Williams.

"“He’s been really good, really good,” Eberflus said after the Bears final day of mandatory minicamp. “In fact, I was just talking to Alan Williams about him on the field, and we’re just so thrilled with his talent, with his mental makeup and just the person he is and where he is in his development so far up until this point.”"

It’s clear that the defensive-minded Matt Eberflus is giddy about the addition of Jaquan Brisker to his Chicago Bears.

And even Eddie Jackson noticed the rookie’s abilities during their short time together.

"“He tells me he likes to be in the box. Just having that right there, he wants to be in there and I can be in the back and be free. We can switch it at any time, but just having some similarities is going to be fun.” – Eddie Jackson on rookie Jaquan Brisker."

Not only did he impress during OTAs and training camp, but his light continues to shine bright during the preseason.

Jaquan Brisker impresses Chicago Bears during the preseason

Obviously, it’s not the same as impressing during the regular season or post-season, but impressing at these times should still hold some water.

In his first preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Brisker added to his case of being the steal of the draft.

Brisker didn’t play in the second preseason game against Seattle, however, that shouldn’t be the main worry. Jaquan Brisker might’ve been dealing with some pain, so leaving him out of a preseason game isn’t the end of the world, nor should it be seen as such.

Again, it’s just preseason, so it doesn’t mean anything unless this translates to the regular season and post-season performances.

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All-in-all, the Chicago Bears should be really excited they have Jaquan Brisker in their defense for years to come. He might not be catching 25 TDs from Justin Fields per season, but when he’s stopping opposing offenses from scoring drive-in and drive-out, the Bears will be happy to have him.

The Chicago Bears just hope he continues this impressive run of offseason and preseason success into the regular season.