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Jabrill Peppers at NFL Combine: “I’m a pretty damn good safety”

Jabrill Peppers hopes to run under a 4.45-second 40-yard dash on Sunday.

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Jabrill Peppers does not have much film playing safety, but he does know he is a “pretty damn good safety.”

The former Michigan stud began workouts with the linebackers on Saturday. He will do more drills with the linebackers on Sunday and then will do field work with the defensive backs on Monday. The 5-foot-11, 215-pound defensive back benched 19 reps of 225 pounds on Saturday with the linebackers. He will run the 40-yard dash and all other drills with the linebackers Sunday before doing field work on Monday with the defensive backs. Because he was listed as a linebacker as a third-year sophomore last season at Michigan, Peppers was forced by the combine to participate with the linebackers.

“The bottom line is, I'm a ball player and a hell of a ball player,” Peppers said to the media at the NFL Combine. “I don't have a lot of tape at safety. But I'm a pretty damn good safety.

“I think a lot of teams noticed that. They have the tape. They've asked me for tape of me playing corner and safety. Ultimately, I hope a lot of questions are answered this weekend.”

Peppers believes he can play strong safety or free safety. He thinks he can also make a difference against the run and in blitz game.

“(Teams) ask me where I see myself playing. They ask me if they were to draft me, where should they put me. I tell them my natural position is in the defensive backfield,” he mentioned. “I had to fill a void (last) year (at Michigan) because it was what was best for the team. If I had to do it all over again I would.

“I didn't think it would hurt me. My mindset was 'whatever I have to do, I'm going to do it to the best of my ability.' ... That's what I'll continue to do.”

Peppers hopes to run below a 4.45-second 40-yard dash on Sunday.

The first question Peppers was asked on Saturday was regarding his position. Peppers responded with a grin, “What do I look like? I’m a safety.”