Dave Birkett of The Detroit Free Press released a mock draft on Tuesday that had former Michigan linebacker/safety Jabrill Peppers going to the Detroit Lions with the No. 21 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
“In this situation, [the Lions] have to choose between possibly overdrafting a linebacker or taking the versatile Peppers, who’d help in the secondary and in the return game,” Birkett said.
Mock drafts from across the board have Peppers being drafted from the middle of the first round to the early stages of the second round.
As for former Michigan defensive end Taco Charlton, Birkett has him going to the Philadelphia eagles with the No. 14 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
“In Philadelphia, Charlton would pair with another ex-Michigan pass rusher, Brandon Graham,” he said in the mock draft.
Michigan will also have Ben Braden, Jake Butt, Jehu Chesson, Jeremy Clark, Amara Darboh, Ben Gedeon, Ryan Glasgow, Delano Hill, Jourdan Lewis, De’Veon Smith, Channing Stribling, and Chris Wormley hoping to be selected in the draft.
Peppers was named a 2016 Heisman Trophy finalist, but lost to Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson. The Swiss Army Knife played linebacker for the Wolverines in 2016 and recorded 66 tackles, three sacks, and one interception, along with a kick return touchdown and punt return touchdown to help lead the Maize and Blue to a 10-3 season under coach Jim Harbaugh.