Now that safety prospect Jabrill Peppers tested positive at the NFL Scouting Combine, will the Michigan star fall to the Dallas Cowboys at the 28th spot?
It’s no secret that the Cowboys are aiming for a safety or two in the 2017 NFL Draft. Now, with Peppers testing positive for a dilute sample, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the safety class just got a lot more interesting.
The safety out of Michigan is a rare breed. He has the ability to play safety and linebacker, with the athletic ability to return kicks.
The five-foot-eleven, 21-year-old has a ton of upside. But for now, his draft stock may take a tumble. And that benefits the Cowboys, if they still want him, of course.
The question now: How hard will Peppers fall? Will he in fact, tumble at all?
Is it possible for him to fall completely out of the first round and deep in the second, where the Cowboys pick at number 60? Or do the Cowboys trade up to grab him earlier in the second round?
The ‘Boys have gambled with their second-round picks, dating back to 2006. Names like Jaylon Smith, Randy Gregory, Gavin Escobar, Sean Lee, Anthony Fasano and Martellus Bennett were all second round faces for the Cowboys.
Dallas has used their second pick in the past on troubled, controversial stars before, so Peppers falling and landing in Big D wouldn’t come as a surprise.
Though the jury is still out on the Jaylon Smith experiment, there does seem to be some promise. The 21-year-old linebacker will suit up this year.
Personally, I was always high on Jabrill Peppers. I love his versatile, play-making ability. And despite this setback, I still see him wearing a Cowboys uniform.
With the loss of Barry Church in the secondary, Peppers would fill the void immediately. Not to mention, this pick up would be an instant upgrade at the safety position.
Peppers is fast, smart and has the hit power to make plays. His experience at the linebacker and cornerback positions is remarkable. And, let’s not forget he can return or kick or two for the team. He’s a movable chess piece on Sundays.
The bad news for Peppers is unfortunate. Will the Cowboys take another chance if Peppers is on the board? Tune in Thursday.