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05/13/17 - S Jabrill Peppers signed his participation agreement on Saturday and took part in day two of the Browns' rookie minicamp practice. Peppers, the No. 25 overall pick out of Michigan, sat out the first practice of minicamp on Friday because he had not signed the agreement that protects him in case of injury. Peppers begins his career in Stage One of the the league's drug program because of a dilute sample at the NFL Combine.
04/24/17 - LB Jabrill Peppers of Michigan tested positive at the NFL Combine in March, it was revealed three days before the NFL Draft. Peppers, projected to be a top-five draft pick, tested positive for a dilute sample, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Monday, adding that the NFL has notified teams of the result. While such news could plummet the stock of Peppers, his representatives at CAA quickly released a statement in an attempt to explain the dilute test. The 6-1, 205-pounder Peppers was listed by NFLDraftScout.com as the No. 1 outside linebacker prospect for 2017, although he is projected as a safety in the NFL.
03/27/17 - Michigan Pro day: A day after Ohio State attracted 100-plus NFL scouts and decision-makers to Columbus, Michigan did the same on Friday, with over 100 NFL personnel in Ann Arbor for the program’s pro day. Notable head coaches in attendance included the Patriots’ Bill Belichick, Saints’ Sean Payton, Ravens’ John Harbaugh, Jets’ Todd Bowles, Bengals’ Marvin Lewis and Steelers’ Mike Tomlin. Safety Jabrill Peppers, who is one of the most debated prospects in league circles, stood on his numbers from the combine (4.46-second 40-yard dash, 6.99-second three-cone drill, 35.5-inch vertical, 10-foot-8 broad jump). He went through positional workouts as a safety and impressed, as expected. Peppers is a top-20 pick for several around the league, while others see more of a second-round player, largely due to position confusion and his struggles in coverage. There is no doubt that he should improve once he can focus on one position in the NFL, but there is no consensus on his draft day “value.” - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/07/17 - NFL Combine Cliffhangers: What is Jabrill Peppers’ best position? “What do I look like? I’m a safety. I’m a safety. Yes, I’m a safety.” That was the response of Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers when asked in Indianapolis what position he wished to play in the NFL. Listed on the combine roster with the linebackers, Peppers ran his 40-yard dash and did his athletic testing with the linebacker group, but stayed in town overnight to also perform defensive back positional drills on Monday. What did we learn? Not much that we already didn’t know. Peppers is an above-average athlete and that was on full display in both the linebacker and defensive back drills. He showed speed, smooth hips and natural body control. The athleticism isn’t an issue, but his best pro fit will depend more on the mental development -- recognizing his keys and making sure his eyes are in the right place. Linebacker? Safety? Hybrid version of both? According to two teams I spoke to in Indianapolis, Peppers is a better offensive prospect than on defense. There won’t be much consensus about his best fit and his landing spot in the draft. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/06/17 - 2017 NFL Combine, Sunday Winners: Jabrill Peppers: The ultimate position-less player initially worked out with the linebackers on Sunday and will also work out with the defensive backs on Monday. This was actually a net positive for Peppers, because his athleticism is just different than “normal” linebackers and, certainly, defensive linemen. His 40-yard dash time of 4.46 was the fifth-fastest by a linebacker since 2000, and he just looked substantially quicker than everyone else on the field in drills. Peppers will probably be a first-round pick, and Sunday’s action only boosted that case. - Will Brinson, CBSSports.com