Jabrill Peppers to work out with linebackers and defensive backs

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One of the more intriguing prospects in the 2017 NFL Draft is Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers, even if teams are torn on how to use him. So they’ll get a chance to compare him to both apples and oranges this weekend.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Peppers will participate in linebacker drills on Sunday and defensive back drills Monday, giving teams a chance to see him at multiple positions.

At 5-foot-10 7/8 and 213 pounds, he’s certainly safety-sized, as he’s a good two inches shorter than the guy he’s often compared to, Arizona’s Deone Bucannon. But with more and more hybrid players entering the league, it’s a matter of how each individual team evaluates him within their own system. Panthers coach Ron Rivera has been through this before, having gone through a similar process before drafting Washington’s Shaq Thompson in the first round two years ago.

“We had everybody talking to us like, ‘Oh he’s a special teams player,’ to ‘He’s a running back, he’s a safety, he’s a linebacker.’ But we looked at him and thought, ‘Where would he best fit us?’ For us it was the linebacker position, for us it was what we call the Buffalo position, the Buffalo nickel. Where you can take a bigger guy, put him out to a slot receiver and still have some athleticism to help you.

“Well, when you look at Peppers, you look at what he does, wow. Here’s a guy that gives you some safety traits. Here’s a guy that can probably come down in the box like a nickel, come down in the box like a linebacker. And if you ever really did need it, you can put him on the offensive side as well. He’s got a lot of special teams value. So you have to really break it down to how does he fit you, and what other special traits he has to have the rest of the football team.”

Peppers will begin to show teams those traits this weekend by pulling double duty, knowing he also worked as a returner in college as teams try to figure out how they’d deploy him.

12 responses to “Jabrill Peppers to work out with linebackers and defensive backs

  1. People always automatically connect these versatile gus to the Pats. They do value that, but not excited about Peppers or McCafferty.

  2. He seems like a great athlete but he needs to be developed. I hope he doesn’t expect to be picked before the third round.

  3. He seems like a great athlete but he needs to be developed. I hope he doesn’t expect to be picked before the third round.

    Third Round? I would be surprised if he made it passed pick 40, and I think that is a conservative prediction.

  4. If he goes in the top 20, I’ll be totally shocked! Late 1st,
    early 2nd would be my guess.

  5. tedmurph | Mar 3, 2017, 3:28 PM EST

    People always automatically connect these versatile gus to the Pats. They do value that, but not excited about Peppers or McCafferty.

    Thanks for further proving why you are just a troll and not a NFL GM.
    Peppers will be picked earlier than most think because of his ability in more than one area.

  6. I never said I was an NFL GM, although my FB knowledge is at a PhD level compared to you. Peppers will go late 1rst early 2nd. Some people can do a lot of things for a team. Others are ‘tweeners’ or jack of all trades, master of none. My personal opinion is Peppers falls into the latter group.

  7. tedmurph says:
    Mar 3, 2017 4:59 PM
    I never said I was an NFL GM, although my FB knowledge is at a PhD level compared to you. Peppers will go late 1rst early 2nd. Some people can do a lot of things for a team. Others are ‘tweeners’ or jack of all trades, master of none. My personal opinion is Peppers falls into the latter group.

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    Deep breaths will help you get control of your emotions. Everything is not about the Pat’s …..but in this case and McCafferty lots of people see the Pat’s being interested because of their utilitarian skill set…something you must admit the hoodie values. Relax no one will ask you where you bought your “PHD” doctor…..smh

  8. I already said a lot of people connected these 2 to the Pats. Reading comprehension is important to most. Peppers is too small to be a LB, and his speed and coverage skills are not those of a corner. He’ll be a decent S and punt returner in the NFL, but not worth a 1rst rnd pk. McCaffery is too small to be a 1rst/2nd down back and avoid injury. They already have a guy named JWhite with his skill set. SMH all you want. I can hear the rattling from here.

  9. I already said a lot of people connected these 2 to the Pats. Reading comprehension is important to most. Peppers is too small to be a LB, and his speed and coverage skills are not those of a corner. He’ll be a decent S and punt returner in the NFL, but not worth a 1rst rnd pk. McCaffery is too small to be a 1rst/2nd down back and avoid injury. They already have a guy named JWhite with his skill set. SMH all you want. I can hear the rattling from here.

    You left out ….a lot of people smarter them me are connecting them to the Pat’s . Were you to shake your head you would need instructions on how to do it.

    Who said first round pick…..?

  10. Someone is going to get an incredible steal in this kid. He not only has quick-twitch athleticism, he has the football IQ to go with it.

    Yes, it will take a smart DC to utilize his skill set, but beyond that his only knock is he hasn’t shown great hands in the secondary. Yet.

    But if he were just ten pounds heavier, he’d be a lock to be a top ten player. Any team from 10 on that lets him slide is taking a bigger risk NOT taking him. They’re likely passing on a perennial Pro Bowler.

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