In an exclusive with Sports Illustrated, Jabrill Peppers announced what many of us already knew – he was forgoing his senior season and entering into the NFL Draft.
Peppers was one of the most dynamic players in all of college football during the 2016 season and found himself as a must watch player, no matter the team he played against. He even played well enough to earn a spot as a Heisman Trophy finalist. He is projected as a first rounder in multiple mock drafts, and immediately will be one of the most debated players due to his “tweener” status and versatility.
He played all over the field on offense, defense, and special teams, seeing time as a running back, receiver, cornerback, safety, linebacker, and returner. His position is what will make or break him to some teams. Could he be a jack of all trades but a master of none? His type of skill is tantalizing, it would need to be used in the right situation though.
Peppers acknowledged it was a tough decision when talking to SI.
“It’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. 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.”
Ultimately, Peppers’ stock was never going to be higher and after missing the bowl game against Florida State, not much on-field criticism can be levied against him.
Teams will take a good hard look at him, but where exactly does he fit in on the field? He’ll be one of the most intriguing draft prospects to watch over the spring.