Jabrill Peppers will have a lot of eyes on him in Indianapolis this weekend.
The Michigan linebacker/defensive back/returner/occasional offensive weapon is one of the most intriguing players in the 2017 draft class. So it makes sense that he will have a widely-viewed 40-yard dash — the NFL combine’s most notable event.
Peppers won’t run those 40 yards until Sunday, as he is working out with the linebackers. But he could top plenty of players at other positions, according to a former teammate.
Michigan running back De’Veon Smith said “not many people are going to run faster than Jabrill” on Thursday when he met with reporters.
De'Veon says he'd play Jabrill at safety also said "not many people are going to run faster than Jabrill" at the combine
— angelique (@chengelis) March 2, 2017
If an old tweet from Peppers is accurate, Smith’s claim will prove true. Last June, Peppers tweeted that he ran a 4.34 40-yard dash — a mark that would’ve tied him for the fourth-best time at the 2016 combine.
Clocked in at 4.34 today, shoutout the strength and conditioning staff?? #BigBlizzyBlue
— JP5 (@JabrillPeppers) June 27, 2016
Will Peppers be able to show that speed Sunday? If he does, he could instantly boost his draft stock, which is already considered by many experts to be first-round caliber. Peppers — projected as a safety in the NFL — is currently rated as the No. 13 prospect in the draft by CBS Sports.