Jabrill Peppers is a safety by trade but is capable of playing cornerback. His versatility make him worth considering as Jacksonville’s top draft pick.
The Jacksonville Jaguars hold the fourth overall selection in the 2017 NFL Draft. Three budding stars will be off the board when Jacksonville makes its pick. Jabrill Peppers is an intriguing selection and worth considering drafting due to his athleticism.
"Peppers played 933 snaps during the 2016 campaign, logging 726 plays on defense, 53 plays on offense and 154 snaps on special teams. Peppers has seen the field at 15 different positions during the season"
He is comparable to Charles Woodson.
"During his time at Michigan, Charles Woodson did it all for the Wolverines. He was a lockdown cornerback — finishing his career with 16 interceptions — he returned punts, and he even lined up at wide receiver."
Peppers should be given careful consideration due to his versatility. Peppers is 6’1″ and weighs 209 pounds which would be a physical presence in the Jaguars secondary. His size and athleticism makes him worth taking the risk as the number four overall selection.
Several Ways Jacksonville Could Exploit All of Peppers’ Worth
First, Peppers would vastly improve the special teams. He would be a bigger, stronger return man. He has worked extensively in that role the last two seasons, including one return for a touchdown.
Second, Peppers would be able to run pass routes. He has worked on his receiving skills via jugs machine. If the receiving corps were thinned by injury again in 2017, Peppers’s versatility presents opportunities for him to possibly prove his worth by stepping into that role.
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Finally, Peppers would bring a tenacity into the secondary. Whether as a corner or at safety, he would be able to lock down in coverage. He would be a run stopper and play close to the line of scrimmage in certain schemes.
Jabrill Peppers has the special talent that the Jaguars need. His worth on offense, defense and special teams make him the selection in the first round. Jacksonville should not let that gem slip past them.