Michigan’s all-around player Jabrill Peppers tweeted today that he will declare for the 2017 NFL Draft.
Thank you @UMichFootball -@CoachJim4UM for the memories & preparation. I'm declaring for the draft, forever GO BLUE! https://t.co/19aVtcFAtK— JP5 (@JabrillPeppers) January 10, 2017
“It’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do,” Peppers said in the SI.com story attached to his tweet. “I’m choosing between cementing my legacy as a college player and starting my pro legacy. It’s something you dream of when you were a kid. I was torn between the two.”
Peppers missed the Orange Bowl due to a hamstring injury. In fact, he has never played a bowl game for the Wolverines.
The New Jersey native, who has adjusted positions since first joining Michigan, made 66 tackles and 13 tackles for loss in 2016 as a linebacker. He also had three sacks and one interception.
Offensively, he had 167 rushing yards, three rushing touchdowns, two receptions and three receiving yards. He also had a punt return touchdown against Colorado in September.
Peppers is highly regarded as a first-round pick in this April’s draft. Depending on who takes him, he could play safety or cornerback at the next level.
The Wolverines will now have a big hole to fill on their defense with this announcement. Peppers was one of the last player’s to leave from the Hoke era, and will surely be missed by Wolverine fans everywhere.