Jabrill Peppers is one of the most hyped freshman prospects that has ever set foot on campus at the University of Michigan, and if you have ever seen his film, you know that it is completely justified.
While he was recruited as a cornerback, Peppers has a skill set that can be easily applied in every phase of the game: offense, defense, and special teams.
In his high school career, he has 4,379 total yards on offense with 60 total touchdowns. On the defensive side of the ball, he picked up 134 tackles and seven interceptions. (Maxpreps.com)
Wherever the Wolverines decide to play him, he will have the chance to make an impact early on, even with only having the fall camp to prepare.
Many have compared him to the likes of Charles Woodson, and while that may be overstating a bit, the same sorts of playmaking ability are apparent when you look at Peppers’ tape. Check out where he could factor in after the jump.
Offense: Based on the numbers stated earlier in this article, it is pretty apparent that Peppers would be more than comfortable on offense if given the opportunity.
In Woodson’s three years at Michigan, he was used only sparingly on offense, sometimes as a decoy and other times had chances to rush or catch the ball. Another guy Peppers seems comparable to is Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson, who also played on both sides of the ball at LSU and some in the NFL.
This would likely be where Peppers would find himself during his career at Michigan. New offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier has stated several times since his hiring that he will get his 11 most talented guys on the field at any given time, though. If Peppers falls into that category, look for him to get some looks here and there with the offense.
Defense: This is the likely destination for Peppers long term. With all secondary spots essentially open at the moment, he could make a splash in a big way this season, whether it be at any of the corner positions or at safety. He has the pure athleticism to play anywhere.
In the here and now, safety appears to be the spot he has the best shot at capturing. Many Michigan fans are very high on the possibility of Peppers and sophomore Dymonte Thomas holding down the two safety spots. If the Wolverines decide to go that direction, the secondary, which was a huge letdown during the 2013 season, gets remarkably more athletic and could become a position of strength.
Time will only tell what kind of impact Peppers can make at Michigan, but he is as talented as any freshman that has ever been with the program.