Jabrill Peppers waited about as long as he possibly could to make his NFL decision.
On Tuesday, he finally made it official. He’s leaving Michigan early and declaring for the NFL draft.
Peppers made that announcement in Sports Illustrated on Tuesday.
“It’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do,” Peppers said to SI. “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 was a Heisman Trophy finalist and a winner of several national awards.
The All-American earned the Paul Hornung Award as the nation’s most versatile player. He was also named the B1G Defensive Player of the Year, the B1G Linebacker of the Year and the B1G Returner of the Year.
In the NFL, Peppers will have a chance to specialize at a position on defense. He played 14 different positions at Michigan as a redshirt sophomore in 2016.
Peppers sat out his final game at Michigan with a hamstring injury. It was believed to be day-to-day, which shouldn’t hold him back from competing in pre-draft training.