Bart Scott roots for Michigan. He is from Detroit and has always liked the Wolverines’ helmets. But even he doesn’t know what NFL teams are going to do with Heisman finalist Jabrill Peppers.
“What position does he play?” Scott said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “People say, ‘Oh, the Jets should take Jabrill.’ Why? The dude is a tweener. I can’t see him covering some of the big tight ends, some of the athletic tight ends in this league. He’s too small. He’s not big enough. Jabrill Peppers is 205 pounds.”
So Scott doesn’t see a position for the ultra-talented 21-year-old?
I don’t think so,” Scott said. “I don’t see one – at all. At 205? I’m not taking him in the top 20. I’ll holler at you in the second round. I’m just being truthful. You see what happened when they put Mark Barron down there when they were playing the Buffalo Bills. (The Bills ran at him).”
True, but you would think that teams would love Peppers’ versatility, explosiveness and nose for the ball.
“Jabrill Peppers plays some type of hybrid linebacker-rover (position),” Scott said. “The league is changing again. As soon as you think you get comfortable (and say), ‘Oh, we need these type of tweener guys that can run (with pass-catchers),’ guess what people are saying now? ‘Okay, we like big boys again.’”
Scott cited the Titans, Cowboys, Bills and Dolphins as examples of teams going back to ground-and-pound. Not every team has Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees, and some teams want to protect quarterbacks who are still developing – or who aren’t all that good.
That’s why running backs like DeMarco Murray and Ezekiel Elliott are so valuable.
“That’s the new way,” Scott said. “So as soon as you get comfortable in the league, they switch it up on you. So what’s old is new and what’s new is old.”