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NFL Notes: Jabrill Peppers, Jimmy Garoppolo, Browns, Jaguars

Jabrill Peppers

An NFL Executive tells Bucky Brooks he view Michigan S Jabrill Peppers as a “bigger, more explosive version of Tyrann Mathieu.

However, others are concerned about him as a defensive prospect and think he could actually be a better offensive weapon in the NFL.

I think he is a better offensive player than defensive prospect,” an AFC college scouting director tells Brooks. “I’m concerned about the lack of interceptions and his lack of physicality. He is more of a run-and-chase defender to me. He might have a chance as a 4-3 (weakside) linebacker but I believe he might be better with the ball in his hands.”

Brooks compares Peppers to Ravens veteran S Eric Weddle and lists the Patriots, Jaguars, Ravens, Chiefs, and Titans as ideal fits for him.

Jimmy Garoppolo

  • According to Mary Kay Cabot, the Browns will try to trade for Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo.
    Cabot believes a deal is going to require the No. 12 overall pick and possibly more to convince the Patriots to trade Garoppolo this offseason.
  • Sources tell Cabot that multiple teams will be interested in Garoppolo including the 49ers and Bears and the Patriots might be able to start a bidding war for him.
  • Cabot says that most sources she has spoken to don’t see any of these teams parting with a top-three pick for Garoppolo, but she admits stranger things have happened.

Browns

  • Mary Kay Cabot writes that the Browns will have to consider other options at quarterback if the Patriots wait until the draft to trade QB Jimmy Garoppolo.
  • Cabot mentions Tyrod Taylor as someone who could make sense for Cleveland, especially now that they’ve hired former Bills QB coach David Lee.
  • Other options for the Browns could include trading for Bengals backup A.J. McCarron, who worked previously with Hue Jackson, or sign a free agent such as Mike Glennon.
  • Cabot expects Jackson to make a serious attempt to acquire Garoppolo and possibly even draft a quarterback too.

Jaguars

  • Mike DiRocco of ESPN writes that while veteran DE Jared Odrick wasn’t a problem in the locker room for the Jaguars, he has some of nontraditional ideas about training, nutrition and recovery along with his non-football interests “caused some minor friction” in the building.
  • DiRocco points out that Tom Coughlin doesn’t handle “minor friction” well and he’s non-negotiable, which may have led to the two clashing at some point.
  • Jacksonville is expected to move forward with more of a traditional 4-3 defense and stop utilizing a big defensive end.

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