NFC Draft Visits: 49ers, Panthers, Cowboys, Redskins

Some of Wednesday’s notable pre-draft visits from the NFC:

  • Florida cornerback Teez Tabor and Michigan defensive back/linebacker Jabrill Peppers were among the 49ers’ visitors, writes Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. Neither will be in play for the 49ers’ first-round pick (even if they trade down from No. 2), but could still be on the board when the club’s second-rounder comes up at No. 34.
  • Kansas State edge rusher Jordan Willis visited the Panthers, tweets Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. Willis seems like a more realistic fit for the Panthers in the second round (No. 40 overall) than in the first (No. 8). Regardless, with Julius Peppers, Charles Johnson and Mario Addison each on the wrong side of 30, Carolina could use a young pass rusher like Willis, who totaled 20 sacks from 2015-16.
  • Alabama cornerback Marlon Humphrey met with the Cowboys, reports Todd Archer of ESPN.com. Humphrey may well be off the board by the time the Cowboys are on the clock at No. 28, though it’s possible he’ll drop amid unwanted comparisons to another ex-Alabama corner, recent first-round bust Dee Milliner.
  • The Redskins, owners of the 17th pick, hosted Houston edge defender Tyus Bowser, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports (Twitter link). Washington amassed the ninth-most sacks in the league last year, though nine of their 38 came from outside linebacker Trent Murphy, who will serve a four-game suspension to open the season. He’s also due to hit free agency next spring. Adding another pass rusher early in the draft this year could make sense, then. Bowser racked up 22.5 sacks during his four-year college career, including a personal-best 8.5 in 2016.
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  1. Levi813

    Peppers to the 49ers in the second round…… heck yeah I would love that

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  2. dugdog83

    Peppers will only be good in an already established, uniquely styled defense. He’s not a true safety, corner, or LB and will have a lot of trouble at the pro level unless he’s a good fit.

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    • Levi813

      He needs to go to a defense and a team that is willing to build a team around him that includes versatile

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  3. You just made List

    Peppers is clearly a first round pick imo

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    • TheMichigan
      TheMichigan

      As I’ve stated before, he isn’t really worth the consideration for a 1st round pick. Day 2? Second or Third Round? Sure. I’m fine with that, but it would be a waste for a team to waste a first rounder on a player who hasn’t established that he can truly play one position. His versatility isn’t like Deone Buchanan’s whereas Deone could play both Safety and Linebacker at a pro level, Peppers can barely play any position at a college level.

      People are just awed by his “Swiss Army Knife” ability to stand at one position on a field and not look completely lost. Versatility =/= 1st round selection when the versatile player in question can barely play his supplementary positions let alone his main position.

      Have you seen his game tape? Again I’ll state: He repeatedly gets burned by very “mild” receivers, he can’t force nor make interceptions (which is why the Charles Woodson comparisons make me want to punch the beat writers who pull that), what footballs he does get thrown at his way and when he has a chance at an interception he drops it. He also misses and gets broken on a bunch of his tackles, and he barely has the hands to play offense in the first place.

      So no, I really don’t think he’s “clearly” a first round pick. Maybe a second or third if a team is willing to see through this whole “versatility” BS and develop him purely as a safety, a team isn’t going to get anything out of a first round pick who is “versatile” yet he can’t actually play any of those positions in the NFL.

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      • You just made List

        i have seen some collage games from michigan and i can see what you try to say ,but he just needs one couch +Gm who believes he can work with with him and belives in his upside …we ‘ll see what happens… i just like this guy and i am looking forward for draft day

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      • tsolid

        Just b/c YOU think it, doesn’t even make it remotely True. Keep copying and pasting the same over and over. That shows your Lack of versatility

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      • tsolid

        You said a couple days ago…. “I haven’t watched game tape only highlight tape on Peepers”. Also “Clearly he has no hands”. For a guy that has NO hands, he sure did return A LOT of punts. Lemme guess, it’s a different kind of hands, right? NICE scouting report though.

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        • You just made List

          tsolid
          what u think about him …
          when will he get drafted

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        • TheMichigan
          TheMichigan

          Jesus it’s you again. Alright, I’ll bite. He also muffs some punts and kicks, while punts are easier than passes to catch they are still “tough” to handle to handle and sure he does return kicks and punts . Still, he muffs them at an above average rate. And yes, catching a pass and catching a punt are completely different. Punts are way easier to handle due to having the ability to cradle the vertical angle. Passes are on a horizontal axis, making them harder to size up with a smaller surface area, but still, dropping picks that are thrown right at him really screams “First Round”

          I’m guessing you haven’t seen any game tape of Peppers, I am interested on where you think “Peepers” is going to go in the draft…

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          • tsolid

            Sooo…. you’re saying that bavg hands can be regular punt returner in a Power Conference? Things are THAT bad at Michigan that they NEED a guy that Muffs punts than average?? I’ve seen Peppers play plenty over that last three years, so you can The I haven’t watched film speech. I know a GREAT athlete when I see one and so do Scouts, therefore, when he gets popped in last 1/2 of the 1st round, I won’t be surprised

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  4. SamURLJackson

    Poorly written. Mario isn’t even 30, much less on the wrong side of it.

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