There is no way around it; Jaquan Brisker checked every box you want to see a rookie hit if he is on track to become a star safety. So, now the question is what the Chicago Bears need to see Brisker do in year two to follow this up and take the next step into being a household name and a future star.
We looked at which players drafted in a similar range to Jaquan Brisker also had similar statistical seasons in their rookie year. Some of the stand-out names include Jessie Bates, Landon Collins, Vonn Bell, Jonathan Cyprien, Justin Reid, Antoine Winfield, and TJ Ward.
Needless to say, there are some big-time names on this list. So, the question is what will the team want to see from Brisker in his second season to keep up those expectations? Below you can see how those names did in their second season.
T.J. Ward suffered an injury and only played about half of the season. However, it is fair to lump his stats into the average as it sets a realistic expectation that injury is possible.
Still, overall, the numbers that Brisker would need to produce to stick with these players are pretty doable. In a lot of areas, Brisker would have to keep up his same style of play.
He posted 104 tackles last season with a forced fumble and an interception, so his big turnover numbers and tackles are already completely on track. If he improved from his rookie season, he would be taking that step into being the rising young safety like Landon Collins.
Jaquan Briser did post a 6.3% stop rate for the Chicago Bears last season. So, that is right in the range, but maybe a higher rate of his tackles can be impact plays. Still, his yards per snap allowed and pressure rate is already on track with some of the best comparable second-round safeties in the NFL.
This is a fair reminder to make that these players had very similar rookie seasons to Jaquan Brisker. So, in most of these cases, the thought was that if the player took a step forward, they would be a superstar. Most of these players either plateaued or dropped a bit in stats, so even if that does happen with Jaquan Brisker, he will still be on pace to be one of the better safeties in the NFL.