Jabrill Peppers will work out with defensive backs, linebackers at combine
Everyone wants to know where Jabrill Peppers fits into a defense.
Can he cover well enough to play safety? Is he better operating as a linebacker? Will he be a return specialist? Is he better suited to play offense?
Those questions still might surface well into Peppers’ rookie season in the NFL. But for now, the former Michigan star certainly isn’t trying to fit into one box.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Peppers’ combine will consist of working out with the linebackers on Sunday and working out with the defensive backs on Monday.
Don't see many, if any, players doing something like this: Michigan's Jabril Peppers is working out with LBs on Sunday and DBs on Monday.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 3, 2017
That’s not a crazy surprise for the Paul Hornung Award winner, who played both positions — and a whole lot more — at Michigan. But at the combine, Peppers is in rare territory.
The Heisman Trophy finalist is certainly the only player among this year’s group of 330 NFL combine invitees following that path. It’s unknown if anybody in the modern era attempted to test with both the defensive backs and linebackers at the combine.
Peppers actually measured in at 5-10 7/8, 213 pounds on Friday. That was more than two inches shorter, but eight pounds heavier than he was listed at Michigan.
It’s safe to say the Peppers buzz isn’t going to die down by the end of the weekend.