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Author: Jon Kuzma
Former University of Michigan defensive back Jabrill Peppers had a good showing at the NFL combine and teams should take notice. Peppers ran a 4.46 40 yard dash and that makes Peppers an ideal fit at the strong safety position. Peppers was a cornerback in college but also played some snaps at linebacker. Due to the fact that Peppers is a heavier player he will convert from the cornerback position to a safety spot in the pros. That makes Peppers speed, tenacity, and ability to tackle a rare blend of talent and it’s easy to believe Peppers will be a star in the National Football League. Peppers bench pressed 225 pounds 19 times at the combine and also broad jumped 128 inches. Those results give a glimpse of the type of athlete Jabrill Peppers is and NFL team’s would be foolish to not want that talent on their roster. Peppers can play man coverage when asked and keep up with NFL receivers better than almost any strong safety in the league. He also can come down hill quickly and smack running back’s in the mouth. A lot of scouts have been skeptical of Peppers but keep in mind he was the best player at the University of Michigan the last couple of years. Peppers has game changing talent that can single handled determine the outcome of football games and that playmaking ability is very hard to find. The position change is the only thing that is a red flag for Peppers but keep in mind the kid is a football player at heart. He understands what it takes to be successful in the game of football and he played defense for a former NFL coach in Jim Harbaugh. That has prepared Peppers well and not he gets a chance to take his skill set to the professional game. If Eric Weddle can convert from a college quarterback into a successful NFL safety, there’s no denying Jabrill Peppers. Peppers dominated Weddle’s 2007 combine results in every single drill. If Jabrill Peppers is even half the ball hawk that Eric Weddle is when it comes to playing the ball in the air. He will end up being a much better professional player and Eric Weddle is a pretty good football player himself. We will see which team takes a chance on Peppers next month at the NFL Draft and we will also see if Peppers ends up being a 1st round pick? That could be the difference between a lot of money for the former University of Michigan graduate and now it’s up to an NFL team to bring him on board. The Patriots at the 32nd pick could definitely be a possibility.
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