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Report: Steelers love Jabrill Peppers

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The Steelers had Alabama linebacker Tim Williams in for a visit on Tuesday and he was joined by Villanova defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon, who joins Williams as a pass rushing prospect in this year’s draft class.

Pittsburgh has visited with several other linebackers recently, including UCLA’s Takkarist McKinley and Florida’s Jarrad Davis, but their draft interests aren’t limited to the position. Or, per a report, limited to players who project to only play that position.

Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Media reports that Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert “loves” Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers, who played linebacker in Ann Arbor last year but projects as a safety or hybrid safety/linebacker in the NFL. She adds that the Steelers plan to pick a defensive back with the No. 30 pick whether it is Peppers or someone else in the event Peppers is off the board. Washington safety Budda Baker is among the players who have visited with the Steelers.

The Steelers may love Peppers and/or other defensive backs hitting the draft this year, but their defense has enough areas of need that it seems hard to believe they’d be locked into taking one two weeks before they know how the first round of the draft unfolds in front of them.

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18 Responses to “Report: Steelers love Jabrill Peppers”
  1. touchdownelvis says: Apr 12, 2017 7:44 AM

    They’d be big shoes to fill, but Peppers probably reminds them a little of a less hirsute Polamalu.

  2. bzingha says: Apr 12, 2017 7:51 AM

    Wouldn’t like to be a Pepper, too?

  3. gredw6733 says: Apr 12, 2017 8:08 AM

    Steeler f/o is not incompetent. They will not pick a safety at #1.

  4. BillAndTomsAsteriskAdventure says: Apr 12, 2017 8:18 AM

    Smokescreen to get Mahomes at 30.

    Who are they taking off the field to put Peppers in? He is a Safety.

    Possibly if PIT sees 2017 as Mike Mitchell’s final season, but his play in the system has gotten better each season.

  5. "All Eyez On Me" in theaters june 16 2017 says: Apr 12, 2017 8:22 AM

    I believe this story, teams always love to leak who they will draft (Side eye)!!!

  6. 6ball says: Apr 12, 2017 8:23 AM

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    ” it seems hard to believe they’d be locked into taking one two weeks before they know how the first round of the draft unfolds in front of them. ”

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    True that. In the 2012 draft year, all 10 billion mock drafters agreed on one thing. And that one thing was Don’t’a Hightower was going to the Steelers. However, after guard David Decastro fell into their laps, they changed course. Immediately following, the Patriots abandoned their trade back ways and swung a deal with infrequent trading partner Denver to acquire Hightower. That was the second time in the first round that the Patriots traded up, having previously made a deal with the Bengals to select Chandler Jones. So trying to predict how the draft will unfold by the time you get to pick # 30 is a fool’s errand.
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  7. thefan08 says: Apr 12, 2017 8:46 AM

    Anyone who believes this is out of their mind. Don’t get me wrong, the Steelers could like him but unless you are picking first overall, saying you like a player when 29 other teams are picking ahead of you is a moot point.

    The Steelers did this last year with the Corner from Houston and the Bengals took him and the real guy they wanted was Artie Burns.

  8. bigbenisabigbaby says: Apr 12, 2017 8:58 AM

    Report: I love Jalapeno Peppers!

  9. rutchaser says: Apr 12, 2017 9:00 AM

    Peppers is overrated.

  10. dougchillin says: Apr 12, 2017 9:37 AM

    I wouldn’t mind this pick.

    The pick I would mind the most would be a QB. There is about a 0% chance that the Steelers will take a QB. The whole QB to Steelers early is a media generated story with no foundation. The Steelers won’t even be looking at QBs when they are in win now mode and need to revamp that D.

    I think Rapaport made that story up like he makes a ton of them up?

  11. staffordisbetterthanyourteamsqb says: Apr 12, 2017 9:49 AM

    This guy is a jack of all trades but a master of none. Way too small to play linebacker in the NFL and if memory serves one interception in his entire college career at defensive back including zero last season. Insanely overhyped because he played for Harbaugh at Michigan. Any success he may possibly have at the next level would most likely come from switching him to offense and any team who uses any higher than a late second or third round pick on that sort of project is insane. There’s no doubt at all that he’ll be considered a bust if taken in the first round.

  12. sportoficionado says: Apr 12, 2017 10:17 AM

    Won’t make it to 30th.

  13. jm91rs says: Apr 12, 2017 10:22 AM

    As a fan of another NFC North team, part of me thinks he’ll turn into another Polamalu if The Steelers get him. On the other hand as a Michigan fan I know this guy is not great at any one thing and while he shows up to every pile and is all over the field, he seems to be a step late to everything. He’s a free lancer like Polamalu, but I don’t know if anyone can do it as well as Troy did.

  14. sparty0n says: Apr 12, 2017 10:41 AM

    OVERRATED!

  15. staffordisbetterthanyourteamsqb says: Apr 12, 2017 10:57 AM

    jm91rs says:
    Apr 12, 2017 10:22 AM
    As a fan of another NFC North team, part of me thinks he’ll turn into another Polamalu if The Steelers get him. On the other hand as a Michigan fan I know this guy is not great at any one thing and while he shows up to every pile and is all over the field, he seems to be a step late to everything. He’s a free lancer like Polamalu, but I don’t know if anyone can do it as well as Troy did.

    Ok so maybe if you don’t believe it from me (I watched almost every game he played the last two years) you’ll believe it from a Michigan fan. Overhyped, overrated and totally unworthy of a first round pick.

  16. robertlong5000 says: Apr 12, 2017 11:04 AM

    There are clear doubts that Peppers is a legitimate R1 prospect but I believe that somebody will take a chance on him before #30 pick. Melifonwu is the guy but Dallas will get him at 28, Might not be much left that can help Steelers so don’t be surprised that they trade down. Let’s face it #30 is more of a tradeable pick than a draftable pick.

  17. manderson4150 says: Apr 12, 2017 11:19 AM

    Now it’s up to two, as peppers really loves himself……

  18. rowdystiller says: Apr 12, 2017 1:33 PM

    This is the same broad from NFL Network that reported Antonio Brown pouted on a DeAngelo Williams TD in the AFC Championship when the clear video showed Brown celebrating with teammates. She tries a little too hard to make a name for herself.

    A little advice for Aditi: Leave the inside scoops to the professionals sweetheart.

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