Miami Dolphins Should Draft Jabrill Peppers
April 4, 2017
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The Miami Dolphins are coming off their best season in years that included 10 wins and their first playoff appearance since 2008. It looks like the Fins finally found their coach in Adam Gase, and all of Miami is excited for what the future holds.
The future can be so much brighter if the Dolphins nail their No. 22 draft pick in a couple of weeks.
Michigan's Jabrill Peppers would be a nice selection for the Dolphins.
Nobody knows for sure how to peg Peppers. Is he a safety? Linebacker? Special teams player? Corner? Gimmicky offensive weapon?
Because of those questions, Peppers is all over the place in mock drafts, as some have him in the top-10 while others have him falling to the bottom of the first round. If he’s there, the Dolphins should snag him.
One, we’ve seen players like Peppers before, as Tyrann Mathieu had similar questions heading into the draft. The freelancer who doesn’t have a true position is now a key piece in what the Arizona Cardinals do defensively and a Pro Bowl player. These hybrid guys are becoming more popular in today's league and provide great value if you can find one with quality.
Peppers is simply a football player, and draft analyst Mike Mayock says he may be the best pure football player in this draft. He has his grown man body already, is an elite athlete and simply has a nose for the football. Peppers did a little bit of everything at Michigan, but his combine really set him apart from everybody and hushed any remaining critics. Peppers had a faster 40-yard dash than Antonio Brown, better 10-yard split than DeSean Jackson and a higher vertical jump than A.J. Green. Talk about an elite athlete.
Peppers says he can play multiple positions but views himself as a safety. The Dolphins need defensive help across the board and safety is included. So much so, the Dolphins went ahead and signed TJ McDonald to add safety depth, and he’s suspended for the first eight games of the season. Nate Allen was a nice under-the-radar signing, but he’ll be 30 years old this season and isn’t exactly the difference maker Peppers can be. Isa Abdul-Quddus likely no longer has a career due to a neck injury. The Dolphins have one of the top safeties in Reshad Jones, who is coming off an injury, and I’m sure he would love a young guy helping him do a lot of the dirty work in run support.
You also have the fact Miami owner Stephen Ross is a Michigan man and is one of the school's top boosters. You can bet he’ll give his input if Peppers is still on the draft board.
Peppers is quick and physical enough to play linebacker, a major need for the Dolphins. He’s instinctive and has the ability to defend in the secondary. There’s also the fact Peppers played some running back, receiver and returned kicks at Michigan, producing six touchdowns. The kid is a football player and somebody coach Gase and defensive coordinator Matt Burke would have a lot of fun with putting him in different packages.
The same way the Dolphins didn’t pass up on Laremy Tunsil when he was available, I don’t see them passing on Peppers if he falls in their lap.