One of the knocks on Jabrill Peppers through the predraft process was that Michigan made him do too much. He didn't have a home position. That doesn't seem to be a concern with his new team, the Cleveland Browns, who drafted him 25th overall in Thursday's first round of the NFL draft. “Line him up in a lot of different places and give him that opportunity," Browns head coach Hue Jackson told Cleveland reporters late Thursday. "He is a football player, a very dynamic player. Obviously, he’s going to play defense for us, but we’ll find a role for him over there on offense. No question.” At Michigan, his offensive role evolved during his two years with Jim Harbaugh. In 2015 as a redshirt freshman, Peppers was primarily a running back or a wing back, taking a handoff and running, occasionally getting the ball in space on a screen. With U-M's running game sputtering, he was their most productive rusher later that season. In 2016, his offensive role was almost exclusively in the Wildcat and, aside from a 60-plus yard run at Rutgers, he wasn't as efficient. Jackson is known for offensive creativity and it would be too tempting not to use Peppers. Safety is in the Browns' plans as well, but that versatility is part of the intriguing Peppers package. They watched him play 15 positions and 933 snaps last year at Michigan, seeing the dynamic presence everywhere.
Browns' Jackson: 'We'll find a role for Peppers on offense'
Detroit Free Press | Apr 28