The Houston Texans have met with linebacker/safety Jabrill Peppers at the NFL Combine. The Michigan star played as a hybrid linebacker for the Wolverines and worked with linebackers at the NFL Combine on Saturday. Peppers will also workout with the defensive backs on Monday making him an intriguing prospect for the draft. Some evaluators feel he could be an asset on the offensive side of the ball making Peppers one of the most versatile players at the NFL Combine.
Peppers had to learn the linebacker drills in a hurry because he had been preparing for the combine doing defensive back drills.
“I was informed that since I was listed as a linebacker in college, that I had to only work out with the linebackers, so they were just gonna make me do linebacker stuff.” Peppers said of being informed he was working with the linebackers on Sunday. “So I asked if there was somehow some way I could do the DB work, because that’s what I was doing all offseason and leading up to the combine.”
Peppers convinced his agents to call NFL officials to let him work out with the defensive backs contingent he worked the linebacker drills also. The playmaker for the Michigan defense labels himself as a safety and intends to continue that trend in the pros.
For the Wolverines, Peppers was voted team MVP his junior season appearing in 12 games totaling 72 tackles, 4 sacks, 16 tackles for loss and an interception. He also rushed for 167 yards and three touchdowns and averaged 26.0 yards a kickoff return and 14.8 yards per punt return.
His season also put him as a Heisman Trophy finalist where he finished 5th in the final balloting and was also selected as an All-American and Big Ten’s Defensive, Linebacker and Return Specialist of the Year.
The Texans continue to take a long look at the safety class trying to find a long term player for the defense.
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