Jabrill Peppers
Jabrill Peppers


Jabrill Peppers
Jabrill Ahmad Peppers (born October 4, 1995) is an American football strong safety and return specialist for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football

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Jabrill Peppers Peppers in 2017 preseasonNo. 22 – Cleveland BrownsPosition: Strong safety
Return specialistPersonal informationBorn: (1995-10-04) October 4, 1995 (age 22)
East Orange, New JerseyHeight: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)Career informationHigh school: Paramus Catholic
(Paramus, New Jersey)College: MichiganNFL Draft: 2017 / Round: 1 / Pick: 25Career history Roster status: ActiveCareer highlights and awards Career NFL statistics as of Week 4, 2018 Total tackles: 72Sacks: 0.0Forced fumbles: 0Interceptions: 1Pass deflections: 3Total return yards: 694 Player stats at NFL.com Player stats at PFR

Jabrill Ahmad Peppers (born October 4, 1995) is an American football strong safety and return specialist for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Michigan, and was drafted by the Browns in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. A standout athlete early in high school, he was named the Air Force National Sophomore of the Year in 2011. Sports Illustrated named Peppers one of their "Future Game Changers," a group of 14 young athletes who are considered to be the brightest talents of their respective sports.[1] Peppers was named the Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year, Freshman All-American, and a Second-Team All-American in 2015. Peppers was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, Linebacker of the Year, Return Specialist of the Year, and an All-American in 2016.

Contents High school career

A native of East Orange, New Jersey, Peppers originally attended Don Bosco Preparatory High School in Ramsey, New Jersey.[2] He started as a cornerback in his freshman year, before also taking over as a running back as a sophomore. With Peppers, Don Bosco won consecutive New Jersey state championships in 2010 and 2011, and was the top-ranked team in the nation by USA Today in 2011.

Peppers left Don Bosco to attend Paramus Catholic High School in Paramus, New Jersey, where he helped lead the Paladins to another state championship over Bergen Catholic in 2012. Peppers was named Player of the Year by MSG Varsity after his junior season with Paramus Catholic. In his senior year, another successful season saw Peppers lead Paramus Catholic to another state title, defeating St. Peter's Prep., making Peppers a state championship winner in all four years of his high school career. Peppers was also selected to participate in the 2013–14 Under Armour All-America Game.

As a talented track athlete, Peppers set the New Jersey Non-Public Class A outdoor 100-meter dash record with a time of 10.77 seconds. He has a personal-best of 10.51 seconds in the 100 meters. In his senior year at Paramus Catholic, he won both the 100 and 200-meter dashes in New Jersey's 2013 Meet of Champions,[3] becoming only the second person ever to do so, after Fabian Santiago of Oakcrest High School the year before.

Recruiting

The Rivals.com recruiting network identified Peppers as one of the five-star recruits in the Class of 2014, with ESPN ranking him as the #1 prospect in the 2014 class.[4] On May 26, 2013, Peppers announced his verbal commitment to the Michigan Wolverines in a live telecast on ESPN.[5] He was regarded as the head of Michigan's 2014 recruiting class.[6] ESPN ranked him as the second-best recruit in the class of 2014, behind only running back Leonard Fournette.[7]

College career

As a true freshman at Michigan, Peppers appeared in three games, making one start under then-head coach Brady Hoke. In his first career start against Appalachian State, he recorded two tackles and returned one punt for six yards. However, he sustained an injury in the game and was redshirted for the remainder of his freshman season.[8]

In the 2015 season, Peppers had a new head coach in Jim Harbaugh. Following the 2015 season, Peppers was named the Big Ten Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year, and named to the All-Big Ten defensive first-team, by both the coaches and media, and the All-Big Ten special teams second-team by coaches. He was also named a Second-Team All-American by CBS Sports and Sports Illustrated.[9] He was also named to the Freshman All-America Team by Football Writers Association of America (FWAA).[10] He was a finalist for the Paul Hornung Award. In 12 games, Peppers played a combined 986 snaps this season, with 50 coming on offense, 765 on defense, and 171 on special teams. On defense, he registered 45 total tackles, 5.5 tackles-for-loss, and 10 pass breakups. On special teams, he returned all 17 punts on the season for 194 yards, an average of 11.4 yards per return. Peppers has returned eight kickoffs for 223 yards, an average of 27.9 yards per return, on a unit that ranked second in the FBS with 28.41 yards per kick return. On offense, he added eight catches for 79 yards with 18 rushes for 72 yards and two touchdowns. Peppers has gained 568 all-purpose yards on the season, an average of 47.3 yards per game, ranking fifth on the team.[11]

Following an outstanding performance on September 17, 2016, against Colorado, Peppers was named the Walter Camp FBS Player of the Week, Co-Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, and Special Teams Player of the Week. He became the first conference player to be named both Defensive and Special Teams Player of the Week in the same week since the special teams honor was added in 1994. Peppers recorded a career-best nine tackles, including six solo stops and 3.5 tackles-for-loss. In addition, he recorded 204 yards of total offense, including his first career punt return for a touchdown.[12]

Following the 2016 season, Peppers was named the Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year, Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year, Rodgers-White Return Specialist of the Year, and a Unanimous All-American.[13] He became the first player in Big Ten history to collect three individual honors since the conference expanded its individual award recognition program in 2011. Peppers was also named to the All-Big Ten defensive first-team, and All-Big Ten special teams first-team by both the coaches and media. Peppers helped lead a unit that finished first in eight Big Ten defensive categories. He contributed a career-best 72 tackles, 16 tackles-for-loss, four sacks, one interception, and one forced fumble. He also contributed in special teams, posting 21 punt returns for 310 yards (14.8 avg.) and one touchdown and had 10 kickoff returns for 260 yards (26.0 avg.). He also contributed on the offensive side of the ball, rushing 27 times for 167 yards and three touchdowns while catching two passes.[14] He was also awarded the Paul Hornung Award, honoring the nation's most versatile college football player, and the Lott Trophy. Peppers played 933 snaps during the 2016 campaign, logging 726 plays on defense, 53 plays on offense, and 154 snaps on special teams. Peppers has seen the field at 15 different positions during the season.[15][16] He finished fifth in voting for the 2016 Heisman Trophy.[17]

On January 10, 2017, Peppers announced that he would be entering the 2017 NFL Draft, foregoing his final two seasons of NCAA eligibility.[18]

College statistics Defense Offense Return Stats Year Team GP Tackles For Loss Sacks Passes Def Int FF Rush Att Rush Yds Rush Avg Rush TD Rec Rec Yds Rec Avg Rec TD PR PR Yds PR Avg PR TD PR Long KR KR Yds KR Avg KR TD KR Long 2014 Michigan 3 8 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 6.0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 2015 Michigan 12 45 5.5 0 10 0 0 18 72 4.0 2 8 79 9.9 0 17 194 11.4 0 41 9 223 27.9 0 49 2016 Michigan 12 72 13.0 4.0 1 1 1 27 167 6.2 3 2 3 1.5 0 21 310 14.8 1 54 10 260 26 0 55 College Totals 27 125 18.5 4.0 11 1 1 45 239 5.3 5 10 82 8.2 0 39 510 13.1 1 54 19 483 25.42 0 55 Professional career Peppers with the Cleveland Browns in 2017

Peppers received an invitation to the NFL Combine and attended as a linebacker, as well as a safety. He ran all combine and positional drills, except for the short shuttle and three-cone drill. He ran the fastest 40-yard dash among all of the linebackers. He participated in only positional drills at Michigan's Pro Day. NFL draft experts and analysts projected Peppers to be selected in the first or second round.[19] He was ranked the third-best safety in the draft by Sports Illustrated, Pro Football Focus, ESPN, NFL analyst Mike Mayock, and NFL analyst Bucky Brooks.[20][21][22][23][24] On April 25, 2017, only two days before the draft, it was reported that Peppers received a positive test for a drug screen that was given at the combine. The positive test was in fact a diluted sample and further reports revealed that Peppers drinking ample amounts of water due to being environmentally ill before traveling for the combine.[25]

Pre-draft measurables Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP 5 ft 10 7⁄8 in
(1.80 m) 213 lb
(97 kg) 30 3⁄4 in
(0.78 m) 9 5⁄8 in
(0.24 m) 4.46 s 1.54 s 2.62 s 35 1⁄2 in
(0.90 m) 10 ft 8 in
(3.25 m) 19 reps All values from NFL Combine[26][27][28]

The Cleveland Browns selected Peppers in the first round (25th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.[29][30] Peppers signed a contract with the Browns on July 22, giving him a $5.6 million signing bonus and four-year salary worth $4.7 million.[31]

On September 10, 2017, Peppers made his NFL debut in a 21–18 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. He had four tackles in the game. In addition, he had one kickoff return for 14 yards and three punt returns for 34 yards.[32]

Endorsements

On March 6, 2017, it was reported that Peppers had signed a multi-year contract with Adidas football.[33]

Personal life

Peppers was raised in East Orange, New Jersey by his mother, Ivory Bryant. His father, Terry Peppers, was active in his life until he was arrested when Jabrill was seven. He was arrested after being charged in a racketeering case as a part of the Bloods street gang, and was released from prison in 2014.[34] His older brother, Don Curtis, died in January 2010, after being shot while standing at the counter of Lucky Joy Restaurant in Newark, New Jersey. Peppers maintained a 3.8 GPA through high school and is an avid rapper.[35] He has stated that he has always had a vested interest in Michigan's football program and is a fan of Charles Woodson. He cultivated a relationship with Woodson throughout his time at Michigan.

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