Funny how I haven't made any decisions on my future. This is a complete false report. https://t.co/r3t4QV3DSe
— JP5 (@JabrillPeppers) January 3, 2017
Forbes’ Darren Heitner said Peppers had hired Jimmy Sexton and Patrick Collins of Creative Artists Agency to represent him. Peppers would still have two years of eligibility remaining, if he decides to return to Michigan.
Jabrill Peppers will turn pro, picks CAA as agency https://t.co/TLivplWwmd
— Darren Heitner (@DarrenHeitner) January 3, 2017
Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller also tweeted that Peppers was telling his Michigan teammates that he was planning on entering the draft. However, Miller’s tweet has since been deleted.
Peppers was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2016 — finishing fifth in the voting — and was named the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Year. His season was cut short, however, as a hamstring injury kept him out of the Orange Bowl on Friday against Florida State.
Peppers missed all but three games of his freshman season in 2014 with a knee injury, and registered one punt return for six yards and eight tackles.
As a redshirt freshman safety in 2015, Peppers finished sixth on the team in tackles (45) and second in pass breakups (10), behind All-American cornerback Jourdan Lewis (20). Peppers’ 2015 statistics were through 12 games; Peppers sat out the Citrus Bowl, a 41-7 win against Florida, because of a hand injury.
Playing in a hybrid pass-rush role at linebacker this season, Peppers had 72 tackles, four sacks and eight quarterback hurries. On special teams, he averaged 26 yards on 10 kickoff returns and 14.8 yards on 21 punt returns. On offense, he has 167 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries, and two catches for three yards.
Peppers is considered by many scouts to be a first-round pick. CBS Sports projected Peppers going 15th overall as a safety in its latest mock draft.