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#CFBTop25: No. 11, Jabrill Peppers, LB/DB, Michigan

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Along with USC's Adoree' Jackson -- the No. 12-rated player in CFB 24/7's #CFBTop25 countdown -- Jabrill Peppers is one of the most versatile and athletic players in college football.

CFB 24/7 is marking the days to the start of the 2016 season by counting down the top 25 players in college football.

Peppers has contributed in all three phases of the game (offense, defense, special teams) for the Wolverines. He operates primarily on the defensive side of the ball. While Peppers was lining up at defensive back as a redshirt freshman last season, he is expected to play linebacker this fall. This development will be followed closely by scouts, as NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah recently wrote that Peppers is in the same mold as Deone Bucannon of the Arizona Cardinals, Shaq Thompson of the Carolina Panthers and Keanu Neal of the Atlanta Falcons, who were all first-round NFL draft picks.

Pulling back the curtain on the vote


Peppers earned votes from five of seven CFB 24/7 experts, including three in the top 10. In CFB 24/7's "16 for '16" series, Peppers rated No. 1 in a countdown of college football's most versatile players.

What some of our analysts are saying about Peppers


"Peppers lined up all over the field on defense last year and he also made his presence felt as a runner on offense. He should benefit from solid DL play this year and I expect him to post monster numbers on defense." -- Daniel Jeremiah

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"Talented defender with exceptional instincts, awareness and versatility. Peppers is a Swiss Army knife for the Wolverines. His versatility will enhance his value at the next level." -- Bucky Brooks

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"We'll see Peppers in a different defensive role this year at a linebacker position, but there's no reason to doubt he'll make an easy adjustment. This is the best player in the Big Ten at any position." -- Chase Goodbread

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"Peppers creates big plays and excitement, both on defense and offense. Moving to OLB will allow him to make plenty more big plays, closer to the line of scrimmage. And, he might still be a threat to play offense ... special teams, too." -- Charles Davis

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"The comparisons with Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson are natural since he's a difference-maker on defense, offense, and special teams. If this is the year that Jim Harbaugh takes control of the Big Ten from Ohio State, Peppers will be a big reason why." -- Chad Reuter

Where do fans rank Peppers?


We asked Twitter users who they considered the best player in college football. Peppers earned enough votes to finish in seventh place among fans. Michigan -- coach Jim Harbaugh in particular -- spent the summer in the spotlight, and Peppers is the program's biggest star.

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