Michigan LB Jabrill Peppers To Enter NFL Draft

Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers has declared for the NFL draft, as Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated writes. Peppers, a safety and return specialist, is widely projected as a first-round prospect. Jabrill Peppers (vertical)

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It’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do,” Peppers said of the decision. “I’m choosing between cementing my legacy as a college player and starting my pro legacy. It’s something you dream of when you were a kid. I was torn between the two.”

Peppers’ versatility should increase his stock as the draft approaches. This year, he lined up in 15 different positions on his 933 snaps, including some plays at quarterback, tailback, and receiver. On defense, he saw time at nickelback, safety, linebacker, and cornerback. Teams looking for a swiss army knife of a player similar to the Redskins’ Su’a Cravens will be salivating over the possibilities with Peppers.

Recently, two NFL teams told Matt Miller of Bleacher Report that the Wolverine will be a top-10 pick in the spring. If he can run a sub 4.4 40-yard dash as Jim Harbaugh has predicted, he’ll be an absolute lock for the top of the draft.

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  1. ruckus727

    Great football player. Incredible athlete. But I question whether he’s shown enough instincts in coverage and ball skills to warrant a top 10 pick as a safety. Unless he continues to get touches on offense and special teams as well (unlikely in the NFL), he may disappoint as a full time safety. Particularly one who cost a top 10 pick. He’s intriguing for sure. I hope whoever drafts him finds a way to maximize his abilities.

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