Jabrill Peppers NFL Draft Profile
Size: 5’11 213lbs
- Return skills
- Speed, sideline-to-sideline
- Capable blitzer
Analysis: Jabrill Peppers is athletic and fluid in space with desired change of direction talent. Moves with the changing flow of a play. Willing to sacrifice body to honor contain against run. Jack of all trades. Can play slot, safety or linebacker in sub-packages in any given game. Won’t hesitate to race downhill once he diagnoses run. Hits with as much force as he can muster. Has big closing burst. Runs plays down from sideline to sideline. He has enough quickness to match receivers. Aggressively re-routes receivers. Capable blitzer who buzzes in from all angles. Electric return man with ability to charge up crowd and his own sideline with big kick or punt return. Has experience carrying and catching the ball and as wildcat quarterback. Could offer red-zone flexibility on offense.
- Ball production (1 interception in college)
- Where does he fit?
- Slow to read play
- Opts to ‘hit’ rather than wrap up
Analysis: Scouts question Jabrill Peppers instincts and lack of ball production. Has just one interception and 10 passes defensed at Michigan. Slow to recognize construct of play and can be found playing through a straw at times. Needs better recognition and anticipation to become an improvising play-maker. Doesn’t always trust his feet in coverage and will maul at the top of the route. Just a guy when asked to play deep safety. Slow to read and range until ball is in the air.
What the scouts say: “These comparisons to Charles Woodson are nuts. Both are really good return men, but Woody is one of the greatest playmakers of all-time. Peppers has one interception and I don’t think he’s ever forced a fumble. Michigan might move him around too much. He will really improve when he can lock in and learn a position.”
Bottom line: The ultimate Swiss Army Knife on the collegiate level, and will likely play a hybrid role on the next level that allows him to blitz, cover and chase, Peppers’ draft value will be helped by his return ability and that is a role he should maintain throughout the earlier stages of his career. But will his production actually match where he will ultimately be drafted? No.
NFL Comparison: Devin Hester/Mark Barron
Draft Projection: Late 1st, early 2nd round