Former Michigan star Jabrill Peppers is expected to be an early-round draft pick, although his declining draft stock may cause him to fall out of the first round.
The 5-foot-11, 213-pound prospect was a Swiss Army knife for the Wolverines last season, lining up on both sides of the ball and as a return man. Where will he be drafted and how will his versatile skill set be used in the NFL?
Who is Jabrill Peppers?
He is as versatile as any player in the draft, capable of playing on offense, defense and special teams
Peppers was the most versatile player in college football last season and he has an award to prove it. He won the 2016 Paul Hornug Award, which is given annually to the nation’s most versatile player. He was also a consensus All-American and a Heisman Trophy finalist, finishing fifth.
Peppers recorded 66 total tackles, three rushing touchdowns and 570 combined return yards on kick and punt returns.
He worked out with the linebackers and defensive backs at the NFL Combine
Peppers displayed his versatility at the NFL Combine, working out with both the linebackers and defensive backs on consecutive days. As ESPN’s Adam Schefter noted, working out with multiple position groups is rare, if not unprecedented.
Don't see many, if any, players doing something like this: Michigan's Jabril Peppers is working out with LBs on Sunday and DBs on Monday.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 3, 2017
He failed a drug test at the combine for a diluted sample
Peppers tested positive for a diluted urine sample at the NFL Combine, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. A spokesman for CAA, the agency that represents Peppers, said the former Michigan star was “pounding water and under the weather” after flying from San Diego and working out with both the linebackers and defensive backs, according to Schefter.
NFL notified teams that Michigan’s Jabril Peppers tested positive for a dilute sample at the combine, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 24, 2017
He measured shorter and heavier than expected at the NFL Combine
Peppers was listed at 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds on Michigan’s roster but he measured at 5-foot-11 and 213 pounds at the combine. His size could pose challenges for him as he potentially attempts to transition to the linebacker position in the NFL.
He sat out Michigan’s Orange Bowl loss to Florida State
Michigan lost 33-32 to Florida State in the Capital One Orange Bowl and Peppers had to watch from the sidelines. He was ruled out for the game shortly before kickoff, due to a hamstring injury. ESPN’s Schefter reported in December that Peppers wanted to play but was unable due to the injury, but some NFL teams reportedly have concerns that Peppers didn’t play.
Those who know Jabril Peppers say this "is not a McCaffrey or Fournette situation, he wanted to and planned on playing." But can't.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 31, 2016