Jabrill Peppers tested positive for a dilute sample at the NFL combine, and teams have been notified in the days leading up to the NFL draft, according to ESPN’s Adam 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
A dilute sample is treated like a positive test under the NFL’s current drug policy.
Schefter also obtained a statement from the Creative Arts Agency, which is representing the former Michigan star. According to the statement, Peppers was drinking a lot of water at the combine because of an illness and a “history of cramping.”
“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.”
It’s not immediately clear how the dilute sample will impact Peppers’ draft stock. A do-it-all player at Michigan, Peppers will likely play safety in the NFL. CBS Sports had him projected as a late first- or early second-round pick before the diluted test.
Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster also was notified of a dilute sample from the combine, and according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, he will be in the NFL’s drug program that will include “periodic and unannounced tests.” Peppers will also be subject to those tests once he joins a team.