Jabrill Peppers is a first round athlete in any draft class, I’m just not sure where he fits scheme-wise, which hurts his value.
However, a team like the Falcons just might be what a player like Peppers was meant for.
Playing in the NFC South means playing against three of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.
Cam Newton, Drew Brees, and Jameis Winston each bring similarly threatening and altogether different types of play.
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Adding a player like Peppers to their defense gives Atlanta a sort of wildcard which they can then use in each match-up specifically to suit their strategy against each opponent.
For example, against Newton and the Panthers, they can bring Peppers in as an outside linebacker on passing downs to cover a zone but also spy on the quarterback.
With his coverage abilities, he should hold up well in intermediate zones, yet has the athleticism and closing ability to keep Newton from breaking big runs downfield.
Combine this with Deion Jones’ obvious athletic ability from the middle, and this pair could frustrate the former MVP into several bad throws.
Atlanta already has excitement buzzing around their team. Adding Peppers will only intensify it.
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