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Bowen deems Bears, Jaquan Brisker a perfect fit


ESPN analyst Matt Bowen thinks that the Bears and second-round pick Jaquan Brisker, a safety from Penn State, are a perfect fit.

Bowen, a former NFL safety himself, identified Brisker among 10 draft selections throughout the league who landed in ideal situations based on scheme, tendencies and coaching.

"These players could thrive right out of the gates in their NFL careers if they are set up and developed in the right way," Bowen wrote. "And I believe they are in the ideal spots to do just that."

Brisker, 23, appeared in 34 games with 21 starts over the past three seasons at Penn State, registering 152 tackles, 7.0 tackles-for-loss, five interceptions and 19 pass breakups.

Last season the 6-1, 199-pounder was named first-team All-Big Ten and second-team All-American after generating 63 tackles, 3.0 tackles-for-loss, two interceptions and seven pass breakups.

The Bears chose Brisker at No. 48 with a pick they obtained in March as part of a trade that sent outside linebacker Khalil Mack to the Chargers.

"Brisker is a classic fit for Matt Eberflus' scheme in Chicago as a defender with multidimensional traits," Bowen wrote. "His play style reminds me of Bills safety Micah Hyde. With a smooth pedal, split-field range and easy transition ability, Brisker can drive downhill on the ball from the deep half or match vertically in quarters. When the Bears do play their single-high schemes, look for Brisker to rotate down, tracking the ball in the run game or lurking underneath in coverage. A highly instinctive player with disruptive traits, Brisker will pair with safety Eddie Jackson in the Bears' heavily defined system."

Bowen is a Chicago area native who played seven NFL seasons with the Rams (2000-01), Packers (2001-02), Commanders (2003-05) and Bills (2006). He was selected by the Rams in the sixth round of the 2000 draft at No. 198, one spot before Tom Brady was chosen by the Patriots.