NFL Combine: Which linebacker ran the fastest on Sunday?
07 March, 2017, 00:27 | Author: Douglas Reid
He may be undersized to be a linebacker in the National Football League but the options are endless with Peppers.
They value all-around athletic abilities in their middle linebackers so they can keep them on the field for 3 downs without worries about having offenses key on their shortcomings.
Jabrill Peppers was a Heisman Trophy finalist this past season, but no one's entirely sure where he'll play in the NFL.
He weighed in at just shy of 5-foot-11, 213 pounds, which is likely too small to hold up at linebacker in the pros. On Sunday, he ran a 4.66 40-yard dash and had a 35.5 inch vertical leap. While it's not as impressive at late former Raiders linebacker, Thomas Howard's 4.42, it's still special.
He had the fastest 40 among the linebackers. He is a defensive back who played in a variety of roles at MI. "In my mind, I think he can play safety".
Peppers is scheduled to participate in the position drills with the defensive backs on Monday after doing the same with the linebackers on Sunday. Peppers said when asked where he sees himself playing on the next level.
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He told reporters on Saturday that he's a safety, but what did his testing results on Sunday say about which position will be his best fit? This time of year, I read countless mock drafts, pretty much one per day.
Peppers would compete for several different positions on defense immediately providing, both linebacker and safety depth while contributing on special teams.
The Michigan star ran the 40-yard-dash in 4.46 seconds, easily tops among linebackers and fifth-best at the position since 2003. "I don't have a lot of tape at safety, but I'm a pretty damn good safety". Here's a guy that can probably come down in the box like a nickel, come down in the box like a linebacker.
"Well, when you look at Peppers, you look at what he does, wow".
He showed that as a punt returner, averaging 14.8 yards per return with one touchdown, as well as another that was called back due to a penalty.
Among the teams that have viewed Pepper play, he is seen as a more potent threat on the offensive side of the ball rather than the defensive side of the ball. Citing nothing more than miscommunication between his camp and the league's, which informed Peppers that once he was listed as a linebacker, the position he played last season at MI, he had to work with them, he went about finding a solution.
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