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Cowboys selected Michigan DE Taco Charlton with the No. 28 overall pick of the 2017 NFL draft.

Charlton (6’6/277) made only 15 starts in four years, tallying 27.5 career tackles for loss with 18.5 sacks. He broke out as a senior for 9.5 sacks, earning first-team All-Big Ten. While his stats don’t jump off the page, Charlton improved steadily each year at Michigan and combines long arms (34 ¼") with above-par, 56th-percentile athleticism. He’s drawn comparisons to ex-Giants DT/DE Justin Tuck and Steelers DE Cameron Heyward. Toolsy and versatile, Charlton’s advanced technique and ability to function from multiple alignments should get him on the field quickly, which is important for a Cowboys' squad in desperate need of pass rushers. Charlton’s lack of twitch and explosive burst may cap his long-range ceiling, but he is in good hands with DC Rod Marinelli.
Apr 27 - 11:22 PM

Browns selected Michigan DB/ST Jabrill Peppers with the No. 25 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Peppers (5’11/213) was a highly decorated collegiate, earning the 2016 Paul Horning Award as the nation’s most versatile player and making 25 starts, logging 21.5 tackles for loss and averaging an impressive 13.1 career yards per punt return. Peppers tested like Deone Bucannon at the Combine, running 4.46 with a 10-foot-8 broad jump and 19 bench-press reps. While Peppers’ college hype was greater than his NFL projection, he offers linebacker-cornerback-safety-punt-return versatility and will be an immediate contributor, even if Peppers’ long-term defensive position remains to be seen. The Browns’ biggest secondary need is safety, so we figure he’ll be given a look there first.
Apr 27 - 11:05 PM

USA Today's Tom Pelissero writes that Michigan LB/S Jabrill Peppers "likely goes (in the) [second round]."

While Peppers tested positive for a diluted sample at the Combine, Pelissero believes that teams are more concerned with his tricky positional fit rather than the drug test. If he does manage to sneak into the first round, that probably would not occur until the back half.
Apr 27 - 7:55 PM

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports that the Redskins worked out and had dinner with Michigan LB/S Jabrill Peppers last weekend.

Responding to Garafolo's tweet, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported that the Redskins have discussed trading back into "late" Round 1, and that Michigan LB/S Jabrill Peppers might be their target. Washington needs secondary help.
Apr 27 - 6:02 PM

Michigan TE Jake Butt said that his "medicals checked out great."

"Obviously teams were asking about my knee and I felt confident about how I am rehabbing and coming back...Everything I can control, I know I maxed out," Butt said. In an interview on Sirius XM at the beginning of April, the 6-foot-6, 237-pounder said that his return date from the torn ACL he suffered in bowl action against Florida State is "still up in the air." He tagged July 10 as the earliest date he might be medically cleared to take part in football activities. Butt figures to be drafted on Day 2 (Friday).
Apr 27 - 4:23 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah tosses out Michigan DL Chris Wormley and USC WR Juju Smith-Schuster as two potential "shocker" first-round picks.

Rotoworld's Josh Norris is nodding his head at the Wormley buzz, as he ranks the athletic Wolverine defender as the No. 27 overall prospect. Wormley reminds Norris of Henry Anderson and Dean Lowry. Teams running a 3-4 will be most interested.
Apr 27 - 1:48 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein reports that "several teams" aren't carrying first-round grades on Michigan S Jabrill Peppers

Peppers' standing has fallen a bit in league circles since news broke of his diluted sample from the NFL Scouting Combine. Zierlein did add this intriguing piece of information to keep in mind: "I spoke with a few teams who all believe that the Steelers at No. 30 might be his best chance to land in the first round."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 27 - 1:11 PM

CAA, the agency representing Michigan S Jabrill Peppers, released a statement claiming their client was drinking excess water in part to battle illness when he tested positive for a diluted sample at the Combine.

The statement jumps around a bit, which isn't exactly the best look. "He was sick after flying there from San Diego. He has a history of cramping. Peppers was being pumped with fluids, drinking 8-10 bottles of water before he went to bed, because he was the first guy to work out two days for the LBs and DBs," CAA explained, later noting that "[h]e never failed a drug test in his life, nor tested positive before for any substance." We still view the Michigan standout as a likely Day 2 selection, even with his testing trials.
Apr 25 - 4:33 PM

ESPN Radio's Danny Kanell shredded Michigan S Jabrill Peppers and Alabama LB Reuben Foster for their diluted Combine drug tests.

Foster's diluted test was reported last week, while Peppers' was reported on Monday. Kanell is not having any of it, saying, ""I cannot understand how guys can be this dumb where they can’t stay out of trouble in the most important job interview of your life. You know exactly when the combine is going to be." Oddly (or not, depending on your viewpoint), Kanell's main gripe, here, is not that Foster and Peppers were potentially using marijuana, but only in the timing. He said, "It’s entirely easy to go through the NFL, you can smoke all the weed you want as long as you’re smart about it." That comment does a pretty good job of capturing the hypocrisy of the NFL in a nutshell.
Apr 24 - 5:55 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Michigan S Jabrill Peppers tested positive for a diluted sample at the NFL Scouting Combine.

News of Alabama LB Reuben Foster's diluted sample broke last week. He has company in that club. Per Schefter, the NFL has informed all of its teams about Peppers' failed test. The 5-foot-11, 213-pounder has yet to offer comment on this report. He was being viewed as a borderline first-round pick prior to this news, but the first round is probably out the window, now. Given the lateness of the date, it is difficult to tell just how far this failed test might cause Peppers to slide. We would be surprised if he dropped all the way to Day 3, though.
Apr 24 - 2:08 PM

Pro Football Focus compared Michigan CB Jourdan Lewis to Denver Broncos CB Chris Harris Jr..

"Whether or not Lewis can ever reach the lofty heights that Harris has, the similarities are there," writes the PFF analysis team. "Both were viewed by critics as being undersized, but their play has gone well beyond that. Like Harris, Lewis is excellent at locating the ball and making a play." The Michigan standout likely would have seen late first- or early second-round interest prior to being hit with a misdemeanor domestic violence accusation in mid-March after allegedly getting into a physical argument with his live-in girlfriend. As is, he is now more likely to fall off the board near the end of Day 2 or early on Day 3. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler questioned whether Lewis would be drafted at all immediately after he was hit with the misdemeanor charge, but there have been few indications since that Lewis could go undrafted.
Apr 21 - 7:48 PM

A director of scouting for an NFC team says Michigan CB Jourdan Lewis would be a first-rounder if he were bigger.

If only. "Love everything about the way he plays," the director of scouting said. "He's cocky and tough and doesn't take any (expletive) from anyone. And sub-package teams will love him because he won't kill you against the run." NFL Media's Lance Zierlein likens Lewis' on-field play to Adam Jones' game. "Excels from press and plays with confidence and edge," Zierlein wrote. "Lack of size will scare some teams and could cause him to fall out of the first round, but he has the ability to become a very good slot corner for a man-cover team." In March, Lewis was charged with domestic assault following an argument with his live-in girlfriend. The trial for that misdemeanor was moved to July 24. Lewis seems likely to go either late on Day 2 or early on Day 3, in the Rds. 3-4 range.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 21 - 3:37 PM

Michigan CB Jourdan Lewis' trial on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge will take place on July 24.

Lewis was accused of assaulting his live-in girlfriend in mid-March. He appeared in court last week for a pretrial hearing that initially had the trial set for July 11. That was then pushed back to July 24 on Friday. A settlement conference has also been scheduled for July 20. Lewis' draft stock has understandably taken a hit given his recent legal troubles, as Day 2 is no longer a guarantee. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline sees him off the board early on Day 3 in his Thursday four-round mock, at pick No. 110 to the Jaguars in the fourth round.
Apr 20 - 5:29 PM

The San Francisco 49ers hosted Michigan S Jabrill Peppers for a pre-Draft visit on Wednesday.

If Peppers caught San Francisco's eye, they'd probably have to trade back into Round 1 to get him (assuming they stay at No. 2 overall). Peppers played all over the field at Michigan -- including as a linebacker last year -- but would probably play strong safety and nickel cornerback for the 49ers.
Apr 19 - 7:18 PM

Michigan S Jabrill Peppers is taking an official visit to the Ravens on Tuesday.

This is the last week that teams can host players for official visits prior to the draft. The Ravens hold pick No. 16, right around the front-line of Peppers' projected range. The Steelers are also hot on the versatile Wolverine, as GM Kevin Colbert would reportedly be thrilled to see Peppers on the board at No. 30. NFL Network's Mike Mayock ranks the 5-foot-11, 213-pounder as the No. 3 safety prospect in this class behind Malik Hooker and Jamal Adams.
Apr 18 - 4:26 PM


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