Jabrill Peppers was selected in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night by the Cleveland Browns with the No. 25 overall pick.
Peppers was understandably excited for the next step in his football playing career, and celebrated with some dancing that was flawless in its execution.
The Browns will certainly be hoping that Peppers is that elusive and quick on the football field by the time the 2017 season comes along. Peppers leads us to believe that will primarily be at safety. The Browns got a first-round pick next year out of this selection, and that makes the pick get a higher grade. Picking Peppers though is a wild selection, though. He doesnt have a real position, so it seemed like he wouldve made sense in a defense with more pieces already in place. Still, hes an interesting building block and a bold choice for a team that continues to add early draft picks.
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Getting the rangiest safety in the draft is one hell of a way for Chris Ballard to begin his tenure as the Colts general manager. The safety position was a mosh of Andrew Williamson, T.J. Green and Clayton Geathers, so Hooker will presumably go straight to the top of the heap and take over at free safety.
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This is a big surprise, but boy does it make sense. Since drafting Marcus Mariota there hasnt been much of an effort to surround him with weapons, but now they get the top receiver in the draft. Davis was a little unheralded due to his competition and injuries, but hes a big-bodied receiver who can make the big plays.
There was talk that Jamal Adams could go as early as No. 2 overall, so getting him outside the top five is good value even though safeties dont typically go this early. The Jets pass defense needs help and Adams will plug in right away and help, and probably boost the run defense as well.