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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
01/10/17 - Peppers Declares for Early Entry into NFL Draft...University of Michigan junior linebacker and all-purpose contributor Jabrill Peppers announced on Tuesday (Jan. 10) that he will forgo his remaining eligibility and declare for early entry into the 2017 National Football League Draft. Peppers, a Heisman Trophy finalist who was voted the Bo Schembechler Team MVP by his teammates at the annual Football Bust celebration on Dec. 13, showed his range and versatility by contributing at 15 different positions on offense, defense and special teams. Primarily a linebacker, he won the Lott IMPACT Trophy and Paul Hornung Award this season. He was also a unanimous first-team All-American.
Peppers became the first player in Big Ten history to win three individual awards when he was named the conference's Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year, Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year and Rodgers-White Return Specialist of the Year. He was also recognized as a first-team All-Big Ten performer on defense and special teams. The East Orange, New Jersey, native finished third on the team in tackles with a career-best 72 stops on the year. He was U-M's leader in tackles-for-loss (16), averaging 1.3 per game, and helped U-M become the only defense in the nation to average more than three sacks (3.27) and nine sacks (9.6) per game. Peppers also contributed four sacks, one interception and one forced fumble. - Michigan Football
01/10/17 - Jabrill Peppers is taking his do-it-all talent to the NFL. The Heisman Trophy finalist announced his plans Tuesday to enter the draft and skip his senior season at Michigan. "It's one of the hardest things I've ever had to do," Peppers said in an interview with Sports Illustrated. "I'm choosing between cementing my legacy as a college player and starting my pro legacy. It's something you dream of when you were a kid. I was torn between the two." Peppers told the magazine he made his decision last week while with his family in New Jersey and told coach Jim Harbaugh on Monday. "He thanked me and told me it was a pleasure to coach me," Peppers said. "I told him it was a pleasure to play for him. He molded me for the next level, that's how he operates. He runs his program like an NFL team."
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Peppers is projected to be a first-round pick in April. He did not play for the sixth-ranked Wolverines in a 33-32 loss to No. 10 Florida State on Dec. 31 in the Orange Bowl because of an injured left hamstring. Peppers led the Wolverines with 16 tackles for losses, including four sacks, ranked third with 72 tackles, had one interception and forced a fumble as a junior. He had 27 carries for 181 yards and three touchdowns on offense. Peppers played defensive back and a freshman and sophomore before moving to linebacker, one of 15 positions the team says he played last season on defense, offense and special teams. He likely will line up as a safety in NFL and may returns punts and kicks. The All-American won the Hornung Award as the nation's most versatile college football player and the Lott Trophy, which honors a defensive player for character and performance. - AP Sports