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Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers intends to apply for early eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft, adding one of college football's most versatile and exciting athletes to the selection pool.

Peppers revealed his intentions on Tuesday to Sports Illustrated.

Peppers, a redshirt sophomore, played a variety of positions for the Wolverines over the last two years, but was primarily used at linebacker in 2016 and at safety as a freshman in 2015. Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh harnessed his unique athleticism in various other roles, however, including running back, kickoff returns and punt returns. Peppers has been compared to Arizona Cardinals All-Pro safety Tyrann Mathieu. An NFC executive projected Peppers as a top-five draft choice in November, while another NFL scout holds him in higher regard as a prospect than the Jacksonville Jaguars' Jalen Ramsey, who was the No. 5 overall pick in 2016.

College underclassmen face a Jan. 16 deadline to apply for early draft eligibility.

Peppers made 72 tackles, including 16 for losses on the season for the Wolverines. He did not play in Michigan's bowl game due to injury. He's undersized (6-foot-1, 205 pounds) to play linebacker at the NFL level, but figures to be a prized selection as a defensive back. On special teams, Peppers returned 10 kickoffs for 260 yards and 21 punts for 310, a 14.8-yard average. He also rushed 27 times for 167 yards and three touchdowns, often on direct snaps from the wildcat formation.

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ORIGINALLY POSTED BY Calbrooks

Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers intends to apply for early eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft, adding one of college football's most versatile and exciting athletes to the selection pool.

Peppers revealed his intentions on Tuesday to Sports Illustrated.

Peppers, a redshirt sophomore, played a variety of positions for the Wolverines over the last two years, but was primarily used at linebacker in 2016 and at safety as a freshman in 2015. Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh harnessed his unique athleticism in various other roles, however, including running back, kickoff returns and punt returns. Peppers has been compared to Arizona Cardinals All-Pro safety Tyrann Mathieu. An NFC executive projected Peppers as a top-five draft choice in November, while another NFL scout holds him in higher regard as a prospect than the Jacksonville Jaguars' Jalen Ramsey, who was the No. 5 overall pick in 2016.

College underclassmen face a Jan. 16 deadline to apply for early draft eligibility.

Peppers made 72 tackles, including 16 for losses on the season for the Wolverines. He did not play in Michigan's bowl game due to injury. He's undersized (6-foot-1, 205 pounds) to play linebacker at the NFL level, but figures to be a prized selection as a defensive back. On special teams, Peppers returned 10 kickoffs for 260 yards and 21 punts for 310, a 14.8-yard average. He also rushed 27 times for 167 yards and three touchdowns, often on direct snaps from the wildcat formation.

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He is small, he is injured, he does not excel at one position. 

Pass... He will likely be a good player, but I wager he will struggle. 

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After last nights game the only player the Bears should have on their radar in 1st is Quarterback: Deshaun Watson, guy showed what a real QB NFL prospect should look like.

I was struck by the contrast between Watson and Jay Cutler.  Cutler has never led a team on the big stage anywhere.  Cutler has never won a championship.  Cutler seems to fold in big games against the best opponents.  We've seen that time and time again here in Chicago.  He never won anything at Vanderbilt either... maybe not his fault, but those years were like these recent years on the Bears (11-35 overall record, and 5-27 in SEC games).  

This Watson just seems to handle the big stage well.  He is a winner.  He faced a big-boy defense (Alabama is an awesome machine).  He just refused to fold & they won.  He just put that team on his shoulders and WILLED it to win.  MVP.

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I agree. I was really impressed that he was able to get mauled, maintain composure and WIN. I was also impressed with his post game interview. He was all about the team and system. I don't think it hurt that Williams is a beast.

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ORIGINALLY POSTED BY Calbrooks

Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers intends to apply for early eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft, adding one of college football's most versatile and exciting athletes to the selection pool.

Peppers revealed his intentions on Tuesday to Sports Illustrated.

Peppers, a redshirt sophomore, played a variety of positions for the Wolverines over the last two years, but was primarily used at linebacker in 2016 and at safety as a freshman in 2015. Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh harnessed his unique athleticism in various other roles, however, including running back, kickoff returns and punt returns. Peppers has been compared to Arizona Cardinals All-Pro safety Tyrann Mathieu. An NFC executive projected Peppers as a top-five draft choice in November, while another NFL scout holds him in higher regard as a prospect than the Jacksonville Jaguars' Jalen Ramsey, who was the No. 5 overall pick in 2016.

College underclassmen face a Jan. 16 deadline to apply for early draft eligibility.

Peppers made 72 tackles, including 16 for losses on the season for the Wolverines. He did not play in Michigan's bowl game due to injury. He's undersized (6-foot-1, 205 pounds) to play linebacker at the NFL level, but figures to be a prized selection as a defensive back. On special teams, Peppers returned 10 kickoffs for 260 yards and 21 punts for 310, a 14.8-yard average. He also rushed 27 times for 167 yards and three touchdowns, often on direct snaps from the wildcat formation.

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I have said it before, Jabrill Peppers is McClellin 2.0. The guy is a tweener on defense with no real work at any one position and teams are saying he is a KR/RB at best. Best to steer clear of this kid.

Just to put some stats on this kid, as a DB he has 1 career Interception! That is right, 1!

There are other players more worthy of consideration before Peppers.

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ORIGINALLY POSTED BY The Shadow

 

I have said it before, Jabrill Peppers is McClellin 2.0. The guy is a tweener on defense with no real work at any one position and teams are saying he is a KR/RB at best. Best to steer clear of this kid.

Just to put some stats on this kid, as a DB he has 1 career Interception! That is right, 1!

There are other players more worthy of consideration before Peppers.

He could be McClellin 2.0, it depends on him as a player. As the article alludes to, the comparison to Tyrann Mathieu is apt as he was also a player whose position at the NFL level was confused. As we have seen with Terrelle Pryor if a player is focused enough then becoming something else at the NFL level, it is possible to be successful.

What it does do is throw his first round status into doubt and all but rules him out as a top ten pick. That would be too much of a gamble. My bet is one of the current play off teams see him as a potential joker worth the risk at the bottom of the 1st ( a very Patriots vibe to this) or a team at the top of the second desperate for a difference maker at safety will take a punt on him.

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ORIGINALLY POSTED BY JustAnotherBear

After last nights game the only player the Bears should have on their radar in 1st is Quarterback: Deshaun Watson, guy showed what a real QB NFL prospect should look like.

I was struck by the contrast between Watson and Jay Cutler.  Cutler has never led a team on the big stage anywhere.  Cutler has never won a championship.  Cutler seems to fold in big games against the best opponents.  We've seen that time and time again here in Chicago.  He never won anything at Vanderbilt either... maybe not his fault, but those years were like these recent years on the Bears (11-35 overall record, and 5-27 in SEC games).  

This Watson just seems to handle the big stage well.  He is a winner.  He faced a big-boy defense (Alabama is an awesome machine).  He just refused to fold & they won.  He just put that team on his shoulders and WILLED it to win.  MVP.

I really hope they don't go QB in the first round... I just look back at the failure rate of 1st round QBs, add in he's an underclassman QB (which ups the failure rate of 1st round QBs) and his decision making this season was questionable early and again if his defense didn't step up and Bama wasn't so predictable with their play calling, he is down 28-0, maybe 28-7, going into half time.  Before his big drive in the second quarter here was his stat line 7 of 11 for 39 yards and 4 yards rushing with 2 sacks and a lost fumble... I am seeing a lighter Cam Newton who's body will break down on him if he attempt to play like Cam Newton... People like to compare Watson to Mariota, but they really don't compare, in 3 seasons as the Oregon starter Mariota threw 14 INTs...total.... in three years 14 and 6 of them were in his freshman year.  The guy just didn't make bad decisions with the ball.  Watson threw 13 last year and 17 this year....

Also call me old fashioned but I like 4/5 year college QBs, guys who stay normally transition better to the NFL.  Even just looking at the top QBs per rating shows that, of the top 20 only 4 (this was 5 but then I remembered Roethlisberger redshirted in 2000 so he was a 4 year college guy as well) were in college for 3 years or less, of the top 10 that number becomes 2, of the top 5, that drops to 1 and that was the guy who was able to sit behind Favre for 3 seasons and learn before taking over as the team leader.  Who knows what would have happen to Rodgers had he actually gone in the top 5 like some had predicted, I am guessing his career would have fizzled out getting beat up on a bad team.  Let us also not forget that had Matt Barkley come out after his junior year, there was a big possibility he would have gone #1 overall and been a giant bust as he really does look like a journeyman bridge/stop-gap starter at best in this league.  As good as some scouts are at seeing defensive and skill position talent, they are just as poor at evaluating QB talent/transition ability and that ability is lessened by early entrants because there really isn't a tangible way to fully judge character and leadership ability.

I also still believe the way that Ron Wolf believed, draft a QB later in every draft... they snagged Aaron Brooks, Matt Hasselback and Mark Brunell in later rounds... the draft is a crap-shoot, no matter how much research you do, why not throw as many possibilities against the wall and see which ones stick

That said, I just don't see the Bears selecting a QB in the first round.  They need to win now and picking any of these QBs in the first round will require time and this coaching staff/front office really don't have two to three seasons to wait on a first round pick to be ready to play.  There are later round guys available that given the same amount of time to develop could work out... Peterman from Pitt (had his best game against Clemson with 5 TDs to 0 picks), Sefo Liufau (I believe he played most of the season hurt, if you watch him vs Michigan he was carving them up before he got injured and had to leave the game) or Zach Terrell (he has been consistent all season leading an undefeated WMU offense and he had 33 TD against 4 picks)

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After last nights game the only player the Bears should have on their radar in 1st is Quarterback: Deshaun Watson, guy showed what a real QB NFL prospect should look like.

I was struck by the contrast between Watson and Jay Cutler.  Cutler has never led a team on the big stage anywhere.  Cutler has never won a championship.  Cutler seems to fold in big games against the best opponents.  We've seen that time and time again here in Chicago.  He never won anything at Vanderbilt either... maybe not his fault, but those years were like these recent years on the Bears (11-35 overall record, and 5-27 in SEC games).  

This Watson just seems to handle the big stage well.  He is a winner.  He faced a big-boy defense (Alabama is an awesome machine).  He just refused to fold & they won.  He just put that team on his shoulders and WILLED it to win.  MVP.

I really hope they don't go QB in the first round... I just look back at the failure rate of 1st round QBs, add in he's an underclassman QB (which ups the failure rate of 1st round QBs) and his decision making this season was questionable early and again if his defense didn't step up and Bama wasn't so predictable with their play calling, he is down 28-0, maybe 28-7, going into half time.  Before his big drive in the second quarter here was his stat line 7 of 11 for 39 yards and 4 yards rushing with 2 sacks and a lost fumble... I am seeing a lighter Cam Newton who's body will break down on him if he attempt to play like Cam Newton... People like to compare Watson to Mariota, but they really don't compare, in 3 seasons as the Oregon starter Mariota threw 14 INTs...total.... in three years 14 and 6 of them were in his freshman year.  The guy just didn't make bad decisions with the ball.  Watson threw 13 last year and 17 this year....

Also call me old fashioned but I like 4/5 year college QBs, guys who stay normally transition better to the NFL.  Even just looking at the top QBs per rating shows that, of the top 20 only 5 were in college for 3 years or less, of the top 10 that number becomes 2, of the top 5, that drops to 1 and that was the guy who was able to sit behind Favre for 3 seasons and learn before taking over as the team leader.  Who knows what would have happen to Rodgers had he actually gone in the top 5 like some had predicted, I am guessing his career would have fizzled out getting beat up on a bad team.  Let us also not forget that had Matt Barkley come out after his junior year, there was a big possibility he would have gone #1 overall and been a giant bust as he really does look like a journeyman bridge/stop-gap starter at best in this league.  As good as some scouts are at seeing defensive and skill position talent, they are just as poor at evaluating QB talent/transition ability and that ability is lessened by early entrants because there really isn't a tangible way to fully judge character and leadership ability.

I also still believe the way that Ron Wolf believed, draft a QB later in every draft... they snagged Aaron Brooks, Matt Hasselback and Mark Brunell in later rounds... the draft is a crap-shoot, no matter how much research you do, why not throw as many possibilities against the wall and see which ones stick

That said, I just don't see the Bears selecting a QB in the first round.  They need to win now and picking any of these QBs in the first round will require time and this coaching staff/front office really don't have two to three seasons to wait on a first round pick to be ready to play.  There are later round guys available that given the same amount of time to develop could work out... Peterman from Pitt (had his best game against Clemson with 5 TDs to 0 picks), Sefo Liufau (I believe he played most of the season hurt, if you watch him vs Michigan he was carving them up before he got injured and had to leave the game) or Zach Terrell (he has been consistent all season leading an undefeated WMU offense and he had 33 TD against 4 picks)

Prior to that game, Deshaun Watson was not considered a top 10 Pick. One games performance does not elevate him, all of a sudden, to the top 3 pick. He will be there late in the first if not the top of the second.

Take a sure fire pick at three and trade back into the later stages of the first round to get him. If at all. Do the Bears really want a running QB? Or do they want a game manager to ride the run game?

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ORIGINALLY POSTED BY _Afrocomb

 

ORIGINALLY POSTED BY The Shadow

 

I have said it before, Jabrill Peppers is McClellin 2.0. The guy is a tweener on defense with no real work at any one position and teams are saying he is a KR/RB at best. Best to steer clear of this kid.

Just to put some stats on this kid, as a DB he has 1 career Interception! That is right, 1!

There are other players more worthy of consideration before Peppers.

He could be McClellin 2.0, it depends on him as a player. As the article alludes to, the comparison to Tyrann Mathieu is apt as he was also a player whose position at the NFL level was confused. As we have seen with Terrelle Pryor if a player is focused enough then becoming something else at the NFL level, it is possible to be successful.

What it does do is throw his first round status into doubt and all but rules him out as a top ten pick. That would be too much of a gamble. My bet is one of the current play off teams see him as a potential joker worth the risk at the bottom of the 1st ( a very Patriots vibe to this) or a team at the top of the second desperate for a difference maker at safety will take a punt on him.

Tyrann Mathieu was disruptive all over the field, forcing turnovers and making plays.  I just don't see the same with Peppers, one INT and he got roasted in the OSU game, they went right at him and he was exposed.  I think his reputation was more a testament to marketing from the UM athletic department for recruits compared to his actual tape.  Just don't see what the hype was all about... because he was versatile?  Meh, give me a player like Foster from Bama, always around the ball and brings a thump when he hits.  115 tackles, 5 sacks, 13 tackles for loss from ILB, plays with a mean streak and looking at his growth in his time at Bama, I just see a desire to be great and thus a desire to keep working harder.  I don't believe he should be selected 3rd considering how much money Chicago has tied up in the ILB position as is, but just feel he is a real difference maker. 

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The best thing the Bears can do in round one of the draft is trade back, the Bears have enough holes that regardless of where they pick there will be a player of need for them to take.

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