There is a reason why Jabrill Peppers was one of the most coveted prospects coming out of high school and was taken so high in the 2017 NFL Draft.
He is a beast, plain and simple, and that's proven by his amazing sophomore season stats that has him ranked as one of the best safeties in the NFL.
Peppers’ grade did some riding this week....all the way to the top. His 92.9 defensive grade and 91.9 coverage grade led all Week 15 safeties. On the year, his 83.2 defensive grade ranks him 6th in the NFL https://t.co/2ZjGkPy9Wi— PFF CLE Browns (@PFF_Browns) December 17, 2018
The reason for the immense improvement is because the Browns are finally using him right. Cleveland stuck Peppers at free safety for 80 percent of snaps last season, taking him away from the box and line of scrimmage, a place where he thrives.
This season, however, is a different story. Peppers has played only 261 snaps at free safety, 40 percent less than last season. He's also taken 164 snaps in the box, 116 as an edge defender, 83 at slot corner and 41 at wide cornerback.
The result? Peppers' overall grade has jumped nearly 23 points. His 2017 grade was 60.5, good for 70th overall among qualifying safeties. Sitting at 83.2 this season, Peppers has leapt all the way into the top-10.
Here is just one of the many big plays that Peppers has made this season.
In nearly two seasons, Peppers has started 27 games, recording two interceptions, eight passes defensed and 125 total tackles.