Jabrill Peppers – S – Michigan
It’s a good thing that Peppers is number five because I think I have picked on my fave Michigan a little too much today.
Peppers ia s a great athlete and that says a lot about him. He also has a football attitude similar to that of Jarvis Landry. He loves to play the game and he loves to win.
What really stands out with Peppers is the fact that he can play safety or linebacker or even run out of the slot on offense but this is where the rub comes in. He is good at all three but he is great at none of them. Versatility should make him a first round pick but for the Dolphins they need a players who can excel at one spot.
As a safety Peppers is explosive with his speed and vision but when he slides down into the box, Peppers tends to try to avoid blocks rather than attack and shed them. This sometimes takes him too far out of the play. That makes him inconsistent. When he is close to the line of scrimmage he can’t seem to get out without turning to run.
Another problem is that due to his nature of being aggressive is his pursuit angles are often off. This is a problem because he has very good speed.
Peppers won’t make it into the 2nd round and dropping back by Miami into the late 20’s might still find Peppers on the board but even then it’s a gamble because he simply isn’t elite at any one position. But more importantly his best position might be nickel corner and those are a lot easier to find in later rounds than wasting a 1st round pick on one.