Cincinnati Bengals: Six Players to Eye In The Top 10

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Dec 3, 2016; Orlando, FL, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Mike Williams (7) works out prior to the ACC Championship college football game against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 3, 2016; Orlando, FL, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Mike Williams (7) works out prior to the ACC Championship college football game against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 19, 2016; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Indiana Hoosiers quarterback Zander Diamont (12) is sacked by Michigan Wolverines linebacker Jabrill Peppers (5) in the second half at Michigan Stadium. Michigan won 20-10. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 19, 2016; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Indiana Hoosiers quarterback Zander Diamont (12) is sacked by Michigan Wolverines linebacker Jabrill Peppers (5) in the second half at Michigan Stadium. Michigan won 20-10. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

Jabrill Peppers

Peppers is an Athlete. What’s his best position? Is he an offensive player or defensive player? Where can he make the most impact? These are questions that are going to be constantly asked over the next couple months every time someone mentions Jabrill Peppers.

Many people list Peppers as a safety, but he’s also the recipient of Linebacker of the year, Return Specialist of the year, Big 10 Defensive Player of the year and he operates Michigan’s offense. He does so much for Michigan, but that shouldn’t be a bad thing. A team like Cincinnati needs someone like that. The Bengals had it to a degree in Mohammed Sanu, but once Sanu went to Atlanta, a dimension of the Bengals offense left with him.

Personally, Peppers has a few red flags. but the impact he has on a team, could outweigh them. Peppers struggles in pass coverage while playing safety. He has been targeted 26 times and has allowed 20 receptions without any passes defended, according to Pro Football Focus. He lacks size to shed blocks at the next level. At only 205, it’s going to be tough for him.

Although, one thing numbers can never measure is how much passion and heart a player has. Michigan linebackers coach told The Sun Sentinel

"“He’s special, he has great instincts. He’s not going to fit every scheme for every team but coordinators willing to be creative will be rewarded. I’d love to use him blitzing off the edge. I know the knock on him [that he doesn’t have a natural position], but he’s going to produce at the next level. First-round talent.”"

Peppers is no doubt a first round talent, but where would Cincinnati play him if they took a shot on Michigan’s Mr. Everything.

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