Latest Pro Football Focus mock draft has surprising B1G omission
If you read Saturday Tradition closely, you know that Pro Football Focus isn’t as high on Jabrill Peppers as others are.
Peppers doesn’t grade particularly well in coverage and there are concerns about his defensive limitations. We profiled the Michigan Heisman Trophy finalist with PFF’s B1G analyst Josh Liskiewitz last week. In it, he claimed that Peppers wasn’t even a top-six player on his own team.
So when PFF released its latest mock draft on Tuesday, Peppers wasn’t in it.
To our knowledge, that’s the first major publication that left him out of a first-round mock draft. PFF did, however, have fellow Michigan defensive back Jourdan Lewis slotted higher than most.
Here are the B1G players PFF put in its latest first round:
10. San Diego Chargers — Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin OT
11. Arizona Cardinals — Jourdan Lewis, Michigan CB
15. Tennessee Titans — Malik McDowell, Michigan State DT
17. Philadelphia Eagles — Desmond King, Iowa CB
23. Denver Broncos — Pat Elflein, Ohio State OL
There were other borderline B1G players left out. The likes of Marshon Lattimore, Malik Hooker, Jake Butt, Taco Charlton and Dawuane Smoot have all been slotted as first-rounders by various publication.
But rare is it that Peppers gets left off an All-America team or a mock draft.
For the record, Peppers hasn’t officially declared for the NFL draft. As of last week, he said he still hasn’t made that decision yet.
Perhaps if more publications leave Peppers out of their mock drafts, it’ll at least add to the argument for the Paul Hornung Award winner to stay.