Michigan Football: CB Jabrill Peppers Has Potential to Be One Of the Best Wolverines Ever

Can Jabrill Peppers Be a Michigan All-Time Great?

6/27/14 in NCAAF   |   rlnichols11   |   22 respect

The last time the Michigan Wolverines welcomed a highly-touted All-American defensive back who was also dominant on offense -- while doubling as a superstar in track -- to Ann Arbor was in 1995. Blog Photo - Michigan Football: CB Jabrill Peppers Has Potential to Be One Of the Best Wolverines Ever

That guy would go on to win Big Ten Freshman of the Year, the Bronco Nagurski Trophy, the Heisman Trophy, the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award, and will likely be a first-ballot Football Hall of Famer. 

That guy happens to be Charles Woodson

In 2014, that guy is Jabrill Peppers.

Coming out of Paramus Catholic High School in northeastern New Jersey, Peppers is without a doubt the best recruit that Brady Hoke has snagged during his tenure at Michigan.
Peppers is the No. 1 athlete t in the country according to 247Sports, as well as USA Today's reigning All-USA Defensive Player of the Year.

He stands at 6-foot-1, 205 pounds -- a very good size for a defensive back -- and runs a 4.4 40-yard dash. 
Peppers displays superior lateral quickness for a player his size, giving him all of the ideal physical traits of a cornerback.

However, there has been a lot of differing opinions about where he'll play once he puts on the Maize and Blue uniform.

In high school, Peppers spent most of his career playing safety on the defensive side of the ball. Peppers' time at the cornerback position was very limited, which leads some to believe that defensive coordinator Greg Mattison will ultimately find a home for him at safety.

But his raw physical tools are very similar to the likes of Patrick PetersonAqib Talib, and the aforementioned Charles Woodson, which leads others to think that Mattison will install him into the secondary as a corner.

Mattison himself has not put any position tag on Peppers, saying he feels like he can excel at any position in the secondary.

One thing is for sure, the Wolverines special teams will improve drastically the second Peppers arrives in Ann Arbor.  Not only was he an elite defender in high school, Peppers also was an outstanding running back and return specialist for Paramus Catholic.

I would think Hoke knows better than to try Peppers at running back. But regardless of where he plays on defense, Peppers will be the return specialist for the Wolverines from day one, and he'll be one of the most dynamic return men in the country right off the bat.

It may be a little premature to compare an 18-year old who hasn't played a snap of college football to one of the most dynamic players in college football history, but there's no denying the similarities between Peppers and Woodson. 

He's got all the physical tools you want from a high school prospect, and those will only improve as he enters a top-flight conditioning program and continues to grow as well.

If the Michigan coaching staff puts Peppers in the right spots to succeed, the ceiling on his potential is infinite. His abilities as a kick and punt returner will make him a fan favorite instantly.

If he becomes the defensive player that most think he's capable of being, then Peppers could very well be the second coming of Woodson, and could go down as one of the greatest players to ever rock the Maize and Blue.

Luke Nichols is a Big Ten contributor for FanIQ with a keen insight for Ohio State football. Follow him on Twitter: @rlnichols11.

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7/5/14   |   Thunda   |   240 respect

Lets get this one right Hoke and Co. Thank you Jabrill Peppers for choosing the Maize and Blue. Go Blue!

7/2/14   |   Blaze7o9   |   212 respect