No one knows yet what position Jabrill Peppers will play in the NFL. The Michigan product, who is expected to be a first- or second-round draft pick, will participate in drills with linebackers on Sunday and defensive backs on Monday at the 2017 NFL Combine, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Peppers played linebacker for the Wolverines, but he has the athleticism and speed to play in a defensive backfield. The 21-year-old weighed in at 5’11 and 213 pounds at the combine.
He doesn't have the size of your ordinary NFL linebacker, but he has big-play ability. Peppers racked up 72 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, four sacks, and one interception in 2016. He was also named the Big Ten Linebacker of the Year in 2016 and a Heisman finalist.
It’s a rare move, but it makes sense. Peppers wants to elevate his draft stock by showcasing his versatility and talent. If he performs well with both position groups, it could vault him up the draft boards.