Grading the Big 5: Week 10 grade for Michigan's Jabrill Peppers

Editor's note: analysts and former NFL scouts Bucky Brooks and Daniel Jeremiah will grade the performances of 5 top prospects each week of the 2016 season. Click the tabs above to see their Week 10 marks for each of the players.

Jabrill Peppers, LB, Michigan


Stats: 5 tackles (1 for loss), 1 QB hurry. 2 rushes for 19 yards (9.5 average). 1 kickoff return for 14 yards. (vs. Maryland)

Skinny: The ultra-talented defender is making a strong case to be viewed as a top talent in the NFL scouting community. Peppers is a versatile playmaker capable of playing any second-level position (LB, CB, S and nickel) and showed it in a solid performance against Maryland. He frequently aligned over the slot in man coverage, displaying outstanding man cover skills. Peppers displays the footwork and agility to shadow shifty receivers at the line of scrimmage. He also flashes the speed and burst to stay in their hip pocket down the seams.

As a linebacker, Peppers flashed good instincts and awareness within the box. He attacked the quarterback off the edges as a blitzer on the way to registering a QB hurry. With Peppers notching five total tackles as a sideline-to-sideline playmaker against the Terps, the Michigan standout continues to rate as one of the best defenders in football.

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