Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers Fails Drug Test

The NFL notified teams that Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers tested positive for a diluted sample at the combine, league sources tell Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (on Twitter). Of course, this is awful timing for Peppers with the draft just days away. For what it’s worth, his reps at CAA say that he was not trying to mask a positive test (Facebook link): Jabrill Peppers (Vertical)

Peppers went to the combine. He was sick after flying there from San Diego. He has a history of cramping. Peppers was being pumped with fluids, drinking 8-10 bottles of water before he went to bed, because he was the first guy to work out two days for the LBs and DBs. He had to go through that first day, come back on second day, and that was the fear. So Peppers was pounding water and under the weather. He never failed a drug test in his life, nor tested positive before for any substance.”

Even before today’s news, no one really knew what to make of the Michigan standout. His versatility, to some, is a great asset, but others see him as a tweener without a real position. Some say he’s a linebacker, some view him as an NFL safety, and others believe he can play on offense. His draft stock seemed to be teetering more on second round than first round to begin with, so logic dictates that we probably won’t hear his name called on Thursday night.

Peppers saw some time on offense last season and rushed 27 times for 167 yards, caught two passes, and scored three touchdowns. He also did well as a punt returner, posting a conference-leading 14.8-yard average on runbacks.

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7 comments on “Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers Fails Drug Test

  1. baseballjunkie68

    Good news for teams that want him though his stock is plummeting

  2. dugdog83

    That just cost him millions. Should have stayed in school, could have been in Rome.

  3. mcdusty31

    Again this isn’t a positive test, it’s a diluted sample which can come from drinking too much water…it happened to me recently for my job…I went back in two days and retook the test and passed, they should give these kids the same chance.

    • yoyo137

      Yeah but that gives him 2 extra days to get clean before the next test which is 2 more than all the other players had. If you miss a final exam in a class, sure you didn’t fail it, but the teacher has no obligation to give you special accomodation.

      • yoyo137

        Like everyone should be able to smoke weed like who cares lol but you can’t bend the rules for people because everyone else will expect the same treatment.

  4. TDKnies

    I mean, not that I care if he’s using or not, but this isn’t a valid excuse. Even if the players themselves don’t know this (and they should considering they get tested in college as well) their agents / advisors damn well should and need to be telling them not to do stuff that can trigger this outcome!

    “Hey bud, we know you’re not cheating or smoking but go ahead and do this thing that cheaters and smokers are known to do because it might slightly help you with something else. No worries.” Doesn’t seem very smart now does it?

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