Jabrill Peppers: I’m a safety

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Jabrill Peppers played all over the field on both sides of the ball and special teams while at Michigan and did it well enough to be a Heisman Trophy finalist last year.

His nomadic resume in Ann Arbor has led to questions about where Peppers will play at the professional level. He primarily lined up at linebacker for the Wolverines last season, but is built like a safety and Peppers said his mindset is that of a defensive back.

“What do I look like?” Peppers said, via the Detroit Free Press. “I’m a safety. … I control the controllables and I’m pretty much effective wherever I’m going to be put. I don’t have a lot of tape at safety but I’m a pretty damn good safety. … There’s a lot of unknowns and I don’t know what all of those things are. But the bottom line is, I’m a ballplayer and I’m a hell of a ballplayer. I intend to run fast, I intend to look smooth doing whatever it is that I’m asked to do.”

Peppers said teams have told him he’s “very dynamic with the ball in my hands” after returning kicks and playing offense in addition to his defensive duties, so there’s no doubt about his versatility. Figuring out how to best harness that versatility will be an issue for a coaching staff, but the range of skills he’s displayed should make someone take on the challenge before too much time has passed in the draft.

13 responses to “Jabrill Peppers: I’m a safety

  1. He was a great college player, but that doesn’t always translate to the NFL level. Seems like a good guy and I hope he does well, but there’s risk in drafting him in the first round.

  2. “Vikings should do what it takes to get him. Best secondary in the league if they could line up Peppers next to Smith with Rhodes and Waynes on the outside.”
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    The Vikes need a single high capable ball hawking FS to unleash swiss army knife Harrison Smith in the box. They don’t need another in the box S.

  3. He was a great college player, but that doesn’t always translate to the NFL level. Seems like a good guy and I hope he does well, but there’s risk in drafting him in the first round.

    Another Captain Obvious statement by a Pat’s fan. Remember a Belicheat is the genius…not the fans….sorry son.

    There is risk in every round…..that’s what makes it so hard.

  4. If he is on the board at 32, I highly doubt he gets past the Patriots. Seems like an ideal fit for the big nickel, which the Patriots like to deploy.

  5. Size and speed of a CB with the coverage and ball skills of a punter. Only turnover was off both a QB hit and a tipped pass.

  6. @vickingsvoice… and you don’t think that’s Peppers? You’ve got to be kidding.

    This guy is going to ruin many QBs games.

    Watch and see.

  7. I see him similar to mark barron, who was bigger than usual for a db coming out of bama too. Didnt fit so well as a db in tampa but has flourished as a weakside backer. Good player nonetheless.

  8. I coached Jabrill in high school. He’s the best pure football player I’ve ever seen. Ridiculous instincts and knowledge of the game. Will be plenty successful at Safety in the pros. I wanted him at corner but his build and mentality has SS possibly FS written all over him.

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