Jabrill Peppers worked out with linebackers today (March 5) at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis and recorded the fastest 40-yard dash time among all linebackers so far.
Peppers ran his first attempt in 4.47 seconds, but then followed that up with a 4.46 40 time during his second chance.
Way to run, @JabrillPeppers!!— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) March 5, 2017
His 4.46 is the FASTEST LB time -- by .12 seconds. #GoBlue #ProBlue #NFLCombine » https://t.co/g2OOpq0eRw
After the second attempt, Peppers notably didn’t look very happy with his results, despite the results still being pretty impressive. He told the media he expected to be under 4.45 when it was all said and done.
The difference between 4.45 and 4.46 isn’t a whole lot, but that also shows the competitiveness Jabrill has. Some NFL draft boards don’t have him going in the first round, and that is because NFL teams don’t know what position he would play or what that particular NFL team would do with him. Peppers being upset with his 40 time shows how much he truly cares, and that he knows he has something to prove at the combine this weekend.
Peppers will also be doing workouts with defensive backs tomorrow, March 6, so he will get a third and fourth chance to beat his time.
He also had 19 bench reps, a 35.5 vertical inch jump and a 128 inch broad jump. Former Wolverine Ben Gedeon set the standard for linebackers for bench reps with a combine-high 27.
Another interesting note by UM alumnus Rich Eisen:
The official 4.46 of @JabrillPeppers places him perfectly between @UMichFootball WRs Amara Darboh (4.45) and Jehu Chesson (4.47)— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) March 5, 2017
A 4.46 is about a solid five seconds faster than what I would do, so good job, Jabrill!