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Mel Kiper Jr. predicts the landing spot of the player one scout said, “We get fired for mistakes like that,” about 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)

He was a Heisman finalist and one of the best college football players in the country, but at least one NFL scout wasn’t on board with Jabrill Peppers’ talents.

That won’t stop the New England Patriots, according to a prediction by Mel Kiper Jr., from snagging Peppers in the first round, at No. 32:

A Bleacher Report article by Matt Miller touched on Peppers, and it looks like one NFL scout isn’t fond of the Wolverines’ versatile defender.

“You’re going to draft a safety with a lucky interception in the top 10? We get fired for mistakes like that.” That’s what a director of college scouting texted me this week about Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers. As much as the media likes Peppers, the sense I get from NFL folks is the Heisman candidate is more hype than substance.

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Peppers declared for the Draft just a few days after the 2016 season had concluded.

Peppers’ versatility did wonders for Michigan at the college level, but there are a lot of questions on if his lack of a singular position will hurt him at the NFL level. Peppers may be a little small (6-foot, 210 pounds) to be an NFL linebacker, and he didn’t played much in coverage this year with the Wolverines.

Peppers has a lot of potential at the NFL level, but it is going to take the right team finding the right position for him.

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Prashad is the Senior Content Editor for Cox Media Group's FanBuzz.com. He considers Muhammad Ali, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce some of the all-time greats. Boston is TitleTown, in case you were wondering.
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