Jabrill Peppers will enter NFL Draft

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Michigan defensive standout Jabrill Peppers announced Tuesday that he will enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

A Heisman Trophy finalist in 2016, Peppers played both defensive back and linebacker in his three years at Michigan and also was a dynamic punt returner who led the Big Ten in punt return yards last season.

Peppers called giving up his final season at Michigan “one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do” and said he didn’t make a final decision until last weekend.

“I’m choosing between cementing my legacy as a college player and starting my pro legacy,” Peppers told SI.com. “[The NFL] is something you dream of when you were a kid. I was torn between the two.”

Peppers also saw time at both quarterback and wide receiver in special situations in his college career. Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh told SI.com that he expects Peppers to run a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

46 responses to “Jabrill Peppers will enter NFL Draft

  1. Translation: I’m choosing from being a broke college athlete to becoming a professional with enough money to buy all the bling in the world. I be rocking my Glam, baby!

  2. I’m a Pepper he’s a Pepper she’s a Pepper we’re a Pepper
    wouldn’t you like to be a Pepper too?

  3. All Knowing says:
    Jan 10, 2017 3:24 PM
    He’s going to fit in nicely in Green Bay.

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    Don’t know if he will still be around for the 32th pick…

  4. BUYER BEWARE!!! dude wasn’t even the best DB on his team and yet some team will reach and pick a guy w/ 3rd or 4th round talent

  5. Maybe I’m in the minority here, but this guy didn’t impress me that much this year, at least for how much he was talked about. I think he was incredibly over-hyped because Michigan tried to turn him into Charles Woodson and have him play all over, only he wasn’t much good at most of the positions he played. He was an electric kick/punt returner an average to above-average linebacker/cornerback. But he wasn’t one of the 5 best players in college football and only made the Heisman stand because Michigan forced him there. Kind of a jack of all trades, master of none. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him flame out in the NFL. I do think he can be a decent pro, especially if he can play a Bucannon/Chancellor type of LB/S hybrid, but I also think he’ll be overvalued because of the Charles Woodson attempted impersonation.

  6. Nooooo dont say GB. I was hated that Woodson went there and he was my hero. Jabril missing that bowl game really cost my boys. His replacement got torched all day. He’s probably still recovering from all the first degree burns

  7. Every player eligible who has a decent draft forecast and plans on having football earnings be their spring board towards more promising pastures…..100% better enter

  8. How much money are these kids getting paid by top programs that leaving school for the pros is ‘the hardest decision they’ve ever made’?

  9. Was he really hurt for the U of Michigan bowl game? I thought he sat out for financial reasons but was worried about the criticism

  10. @eazeback:

    You say,

    “UYER BEWARE!!! dude wasn’t even the best DB on his team and yet some team will reach and pick a guy w/ 3rd or 4th round talent”

    Umm, he didn’t play DB. He played almost all other positions on the field though. A guy with 3rd or 4th round talent? LMAO…. go watch some film pal. Ya, he was up for the Heisman as a defensive player and he has 3rd or 4th round talent? Good one.

  11. Who on this site not sitting on family money, would ever do a high risk for injury intern job for free when a company wants to sign you to a multi million dollar contract to do limited time job. No One!!

  12. naes says:
    Jan 10, 2017 3:56 PM

    How much money are these kids getting paid by top programs that leaving school for the pros is ‘the hardest decision they’ve ever made’?

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    Football, more than any other sport is one of camaraderie so leaving a brotherhood that they’ve sweat, bled, laughed, cried with can be a tough move. Also, as an amateur they’re playing “for the love of the game” [albeit with huge stakes] and moving to the next level is obviously a job so there IS a lot to consider.

  13. jafo1265 says:
    Jan 10, 2017 3:33 PM

    All Knowing says:
    Jan 10, 2017 3:24 PM
    He’s going to fit in nicely in Green Bay.

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    Don’t know if he will still be around for the 32th pick…

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    The “32th pic”?

  14. This guy will be a project in the NFL. No way you use
    a top 15-20 pick on him. One career INT and 11 passes
    defensed? lolol

  15. @ Rogersfeeblecollorbone – Umm, he didn’t play DB. He played almost all other positions on the field though. A guy with 3rd or 4th round talent? LMAO…. go watch some film pal. Ya, he was up for the Heisman as a defensive player and he has 3rd or 4th round talent? Good one.

    Where do you think he’ll play in the NFL if NOT in the
    defensive backfield? LB’er? lolol at 6′ 205 lbs.??

  16. Too stiff and lacks reaction speed to play corner, same for free safety. Two options :
    Bulk him up like thomas davis and he plays weakside lb
    Hope he can fill a cam chancellor role although i don’t think he hits anywhere near hard enough.

  17. rodgersfeeblecollarbone says:

    Umm, he didn’t play DB. He played almost all other positions on the field though. A guy with 3rd or 4th round talent? LMAO…. go watch some film pal. Ya, he was up for the Heisman as a defensive player and he has 3rd or 4th round talent? Good one.

    He didn’t play DB? Did you read the article? Let me quote the article for you.

    A Heisman Trophy finalist in 2016, Peppers played both defensive back and linebacker in his three years at Michigan

    You do realize DB means defensive back don’t you?

  18. Against Wisconsin and Ohio State he had 6 solo tackles, 4 assists and one interception… total. He excelled against weak opponents. Hope Green bay does not reach for this guy… OJ Howard, Alabama TE is what we need.

  19. rodgersfeeblecollarbone says:

    Umm, he didn’t play DB. He played almost all other positions on the field though. A guy with 3rd or 4th round talent? LMAO…. go watch some film pal. Ya, he was up for the Heisman as a defensive player and he has 3rd or 4th round talent? Good one.

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    When did Safety get dropped from being a DB position?

    Peppers is an in the box safety. People are trying to compare him to Deon Bucannon. Perhaps he can be like that but I don’t think he will be nearly as effective in that kind of role.

    I don’t think Peppers is the tackler that Bucannon is and I don’t think he can cover.

    I don’t know where you put him. I think he will run a 4.6 – 4.7 at the combine. He sin’t big enough to lay inside in the NFL. He might be an in the box safety but is that worth a top 32th pick? (Homage to previous poster)

    I might take him in the 3rd or 4th.

  20. @ Rogersfeeblecollorbone – Umm, he didn’t play DB. He played almost all other positions on the field though. A guy with 3rd or 4th round talent? LMAO…. go watch some film pal. Ya, he was up for the Heisman as a defensive player and he has 3rd or 4th round talent? Good one.

    Where do you think he’ll play in the NFL if NOT in the
    defensive backfield? LB’er? lolol at 6′ 205 lbs.??

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    That wasn’t your original point. The original point was he wasn’t the best Db on his team and the retort to that was ” he didn’t play db” but you are sure trying pal

  21. staffordisbetterthanyourteamsqb says:
    Jan 10, 2017 4:40 PM

    One career interception

    Not just overrated extremely overrated

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    No that’s the biggest bust of the past decade who is our big mouth, uber overrated TE: Stone hands himself Eric Ebron.

  22. rodgersfeeblecollarbone says:
    Jan 10, 2017 4:04 PM
    @eazeback:

    You say,

    “UYER BEWARE!!! dude wasn’t even the best DB on his team and yet some team will reach and pick a guy w/ 3rd or 4th round talent”

    Umm, he didn’t play DB. He played almost all other positions on the field though. A guy with 3rd or 4th round talent? LMAO…. go watch some film pal. Ya, he was up for the Heisman as a defensive player and he has 3rd or 4th round talent? Good one.

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    I have!

    I’ve watched him struggle to get off blocks in the run game. (Iowa Game, OSU, MSU)
    I’ve watched him get attacked in the run game and over run plays (Iowa, MSU and OSU game)
    I’ve watched him struggle in coverage (Any game against Big Ten opponents not named Rutgers)

    Also, talking with players on the team (5th string guys that don’t see the field) he doesn’t work out or practice all that well either.

    Peppers is so overrated. You would think with the LOADS of NFL talent around him he would have made more plays. But he didn’t, his biggest asset is his speed. Taco, Wormley and Lewis are all better NFL prospects than he is. Peppers is to undersized to play LB, which he sucks at anyway, and he struggles way to much in coverage to play corner. He’s going to have to hope his body can hold up and he can learn to play Safety. As a realist Michigan fan, I wouldn’t draft him in the first round at all.

    If you only listen to the media and watch highlights you’ll disagree with me, but if you actually watch the games you’d agree.

  23. Possibly the most overrated prospect in the entire draft. Should have stayed another year and worked on the safety position which is his only viable position in the NFL. Any GM who reaches on him before the 2nd round is putting his job on the line.

  24. “One career interception”

    A few things about this.
    Figures lie. And liars figure.

    Peppers has only played 2 years. He missed his Freshmen year with injury. So his “career” has not been all that lengthy.

    Michigan defense gets more 3 and outs than most teams, so nobody had huge INTs.
    Michigan has 17 INTs total in the 2 years Harbaugh and Peppers have been on the field.

    Very few teams tested Peppers when he played in slot. Try posting some stats on how many yards he gave up in coverage. I don’t even need to look at the stats… because he rarely got beat despite obvious man coverage with little safety help.

    How many SS/ hybrid LBs have as much impact as he did on TFLs and blitzing. He is that guy that the offense has to know where he is on every snap, similar to what Polamalu did for the Steelers. Not exactly the same player, but just a guy with great instincts and athleticism to make plays.

    I saw Michigan play a lot of games. Peppers covers the slot in man coverage with VERY little help over the top. That is not a scenario that encourages INTs at all. The INTs happen on the outside and deep for a defense that attacks like Michigan.

    FYI…
    Kam Chancellor has 12 INTs in 7 years.
    TJ Ward has 8 INTS in 7 years.
    All-pro Landon Collins had 5 INT in college in 3 years (41 games) versus Peppers 24 games in last 2 years. Peppers barely played as a freshmen due to injuries.

    Not huge stats…. but they are not asked to make INTs in their defensive schemes.
    You can’t evaluate players solely on stats.

    Watch the game… and few players make as much impact as he does on every snap.

  25. Bears will take this “best athlete” available at number 3 and hopefully he be injured over 1/2 the season like previous “best athlete” available Kevin White and Leonard Floyd have been since being drafted.

  26. “…Peppers called giving up his final season at Michigan “one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do” and said he didn’t make a final decision until last weekend, after watching an episode of ‘Ballers’ featuring “the funhouse”.

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