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Heisman candidate falls far in ESPN’s newest NFL mock draft Michael Reaves/Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 10: (L-R) Heisman finalists Dede Westbrook of the Oklahoma Sooners, Deshaun Watson of the Clemson Tigers, Jabrill Peppers of the Michigan Wolverines, Baker Mayfield of the Oklahoma Sooners and Lamar Jackson of the Louisville Cardinals pose for a photo with the Heisman trophy during a press conference prior to the 2016 Heisman Trophy Presentation at the Marriott Marquis on December 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Jabrill Peppers has been seen as a top-flight NFL Draft prospect for some time. In fact, ESPN’s Todd McShay once placed the do-everything former Michigan star as the No. 4 overall player on his board when it comes to the 2017 class. However, McShay has apparently soured considerably when it comes to Peppers’ stock and that manifested itself with the release of his Mock Draft 3.0 on Wednesday.

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Peppers isn’t included… at all.

It isn’t that wild to consider that Peppers would fall out of the mock, simply because it covers only the first round but this is still a precipitous drop. There have been concerns about Peppers from a positional standpoint, as he is fairly slight in stature while playing almost exclusively at the linebacker position during his final college season in 2016.

Still, it is jarring to note that the Heisman Trophy finalist might not be selected within the first 32 picks in late April. Michigan fans would undoubtedly point to his amazing versatility and even his ability to make plays offensively and in the return game. The NFL world, though, requires some measure of predictability when it comes to where he will play on the field and, without it, drops like this can happen to even the most talented players.

Rowland is a lifelong Atlanta sports fan that also grew up in a Michigan Wolverines household. He previously worked with FanSided, SB Nation and UPROXX sports and covers college football for FanBuzz.
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