Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers is headed to the NFL.
Michigan junior linebacker Jabrill Peppers, one of the most versatile players in college football, is taking his talents to the next level. Peppers announced on Tuesday in an exclusive Sports Illustrated article that he’ll be leaving the Wolverines after three seasons to try his hand in the NFL. Peppers has declared for the 2017 NFL Draft.
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Peppers, who was also a Heisman Trophy finalist, is projected as a first round pick. He called the decision “one of the hardest things” he’s ever had to do.
“It’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do,” Peppers said. “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, who was a five-star recruit out of high school, wore multiple hats for Michigan during his three-year stay. He played offense, defense and special teams – using his speed and size combination to his advantage.
Where will Peppers be drafted? That’ll be one of the biggest debates heading into late April. While he was technically listed as a linebacker in college, he might be a bit undersized (6-foot-1, 205 pounds) for the position in the NFL. But given his versatility, it won’t take long for one team to take a shot on him.