Jabrill Peppers: I'm a pretty damn good safety
Jabrill Peppers is aware of the buzz surrounding his position fit in the NFL.
That buzz only increased after ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Friday that Peppers would be working out with both the defensive backs and the linebackers at the combine in Indianapolis.
The former Michigan star got to address those questions about where he sees himself in the NFL. Peppers admitted that physically, he’s built more like an NFL safety.
“I control the controllables and I’m pretty much effective wherever I’m going to be put,” Peppers said via the Detroit Free Press. “I don’t have a lot of tape at safety but I’m a pretty damn good safety.”
Peppers essentially played one collegiate season at the position as a redshirt freshman in 2015 before switching to linebacker in 2016.
He admitted that he played so many different positions at Michigan because it was what he was asked to do, and that he didn’t care if that could hurt his draft stock. He said that a few NFL teams even asked him about potentially playing running back or slot receiver in addition to playing special teams.
So why was he slotted with the linebackers for the combine (he was wearing a linebackers shirt while addressing the media)?
Peppers said that the NFL put him at the position he most recently played in college. He treated the last two months as if he’d be playing safety, which led to his agent requesting that he get to work out with both position groups.
He’ll have two chances to impress with workouts on Sunday and Monday.
“There’s a lot of unknowns and I don’t know what all of those things are,” he said via the Detroit Free Press. “But the bottom line is, I’m a ballplayer and I’m a hell of a ballplayer. I intend to run fast, I intend to look smooth doing whatever it is that I’m asked to do.”